Doctor charged over stabbing of fellow plastic surgeon in Nottinghamshire

A doctor has been charged with attempting to murder a “highly regarded” fellow plastic surgeon who was stabbed at his home.

Graeme Perks, 65, was seriously injured after a break-in at the property in Halam, near Southwell, Nottinghamshire, on Thursday at about 4.15am.

Nottinghamshire police said he was in a serious but stable condition at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Perks sustained puncture wounds to his abdomen and chest.

Jonathan Peter Brooks, of Southwell, had been charged with attempted murder, three counts of attempted arson with intent to endanger life, and possession of a knife in a public place, the force said.

Brooks appeared in Nottingham magistrates court on Monday charged with attempted murder, three counts of attempted arson with intent to endanger the lives of Graeme, Beverley and Henry Perks, and possession of a knife in a public place. The attempted murder charge alleges Brooks tried to kill Perks on 14 January. The defendant spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Perks previously held leadership roles in the NHS, was a former chairman of the East Midlands Cancer Network and was the president of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons in 2013 and 2014.

Perks was also a member of the board for the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies between 2016 and 2018.

DI Gayle Hart, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Our investigations into this case have led us to charge a man. We are not now looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation. The victim is still in the intensive care unit. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Police have urged anyone with information about the incident, or who saw anything suspicious in the area between 2am and 5am on Thursday morning, to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 44 of 14 January 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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