POLICE are hunting for a woman charged with pretending to be a doctor and administering drugs to a visitor at the Blenheim Horse Trials after she failed to show up at court.

Cassandra Grant, of Mulberry Walk in Bristol, is charged with one count of fraud by false representation and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 38-year old was due to enter her plea at Oxford Crown Court yesterday but failed to attend the pre-trial hearing.

Judge Ian Pringle QC, sitting at the hearing, ordered that a warrant be issued for her arrest and that she be summonsed to court to answer the charges.

He said: “This matter was first before the court on December 1 last year for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

“The defendant failed to attend before Judge [Zoe] Smith and the judge was told she was having a mental health test.

“The judge said in clear terms she must attend or a warrant would be issued.”

He added that she was next due to appear on December 11 but again did not attend while assessments were carried out.

Judge Pringle said that, given her latest failure to attend the hearing with no mental health evidence forthcoming, he had no choice but to issue a warrant for her arrest.

The charges are in connection with an incident at last year's Blenheim Horse Trials, which were held in September.

Grant is accused of claiming to be a medical professional at the trials and administering an intravenous injection of an anti-sickness drug to a patient.

She is yet to enter any pleas.