Jonathan Peter Brooks: Doctor charged over plastic surgeon attack

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image captionJonathan Peter Brooks was previously a colleague of Mr Perks

A doctor has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a "highly-respected" fellow plastic surgeon who was stabbed in his own home.

Graeme Perks, 65, was stabbed in his abdomen and chest in Halam, Nottinghamshire, on Thursday.

Jonathan Peter Brooks, also charged with three counts of attempted arson with intent to endanger life, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Mr Perks is currently in a serious but stable condition, police said.

Mr Brooks, 56, of Landseer Road, Southwell, has also been charged with possession of a knife in a public place.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 15 February.

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

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image captionGraeme Perks has been described as "one of the most highly regarded and respected surgeons in the profession"

The two men were colleagues at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: "This incident has affected many of our staff who worked closely with, and are friends with Graeme.

"Our thoughts are with Graeme and his family at this time."

Mr Perks had served as president of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), which described him as "one of the most highly-regarded and respected surgeons in the profession".

Police previously said Mr Perks had gone to investigate the sound of breaking glass at about 04:15 GMT on Thursday, after an intruder was believed to have smashed their way into the house.

image captionPolice said Mr Perks was stabbed at his home in Halam, Nottinghamshire, while his family were upstairs

They said Mr Perks was stabbed and the suspect ran off.

Mr Perks worked in London, Sheffield, Newcastle and Melbourne, Australia, but returned to the UK in the mid-1990s and started working in Nottingham.

He and his wife have raised thousands of pounds for charity by opening their garden to visitors, and were featured on BBC Radio Nottingham after raising more than £34,000.

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