Hospital consultant is arrested for stabbing plastic surgeon, 65, in his home

A man arrested on suspicion of stabbing a top plastic surgeon in his own home is a former hospital consultant and rival doctor, it emerged today.

Graeme Perks, 65, was left fighting for his life after being knifed in the chest and stomach by an intruder at his detached property in the village of Halam, Nottinghamshire.

The retired father-of-four remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital following the attack, which happened at around 4am on Thursday.

Today it emerged a 55-year-old man arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack was a former colleague of the victim.

According to neighbours, Mr Perks was allegedly attacked by another doctor he had previously worked with.  

Surgeon Graeme Perks in his scrubs

Surgeon Graeme Perks in his scrubs

Surgeon Graeme Perks

Surgeon Graeme Perks

Retired surgeon Graeme Perks is fighting for his life in hospital after the alleged stabbing

Forensic officers could today be seen searching the suspect’s £600,000 five-bedroom detached house in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

Residents of the Perks family, who live in an £800,000 former vicarage on the edge of the affluent village of Halam, said they had been left ‘stunned’ by the attack.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, added: ‘Everybody is hoping he will be okay, we are all stunned and still in complete shock.

‘We have never had any trouble around here, so for this to happen on your doorstep is very frightening. We have not heard of him having any bad blood with anyone.

‘Your heart goes out to the family. They are well known in the community and host parties in the garden in the summer. They are pillars of the community really.’

Nottinghamshire Police said Mr Perks went to investigate the sound of breaking glass in the early hours before being stabbed by the intruder who then ran off.

Mr Perks, who has lived in the village for 30 years with his wife Beverley, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for surgery.

Sales director Graham Podmore, 51, said the victim was a ‘lovely person’ and ‘well respected surgeon.’

He said: ‘He’s a really nice guy, who has a really lovely family.

‘He is a well respected surgeon. He and Beverley have four grown up children.

‘We just to speak as I walked the dog past the house.

‘I’m very, very shocked. The first I heard of it was on the news. We don’t know what happened or who did it.

‘It’s the last thing you expect to happen to him and be going on here. Obviously he did have enemies but whoever did this to him is the exception not the rule.’

Mr Podmore said his neighbour’s main interests were gardening and charity.

He added: ‘Graeme used to open his garden every summer and raise lots of money for charity.’

Police said the victim, 65, suffered puncture wounds to his abdomen and chest following the alleged attack in Halam. Pictured: Police at the scene

Police said the victim, 65, suffered puncture wounds to his abdomen and chest following the alleged attack in Halam. Pictured: Police at the scene

Police said the victim, 65, suffered puncture wounds to his abdomen and chest following the alleged attack in Halam. Pictured: Police at the scene

Mr Perks was one of Britain’s top breast-augmentation surgeons before he retired from a 25-year career as a plastic surgery consultant last November.

He was head of the hospital’s department of plastic, reconstructive and burns surgery, and led the breast-augmentation industry group BAPRAS from 2013 to 2014.

BAPRAS described him as ‘one of the most highly regarded and respected surgeons in the profession’.

Detective Inspector Gayle Hart said previously: ‘Our investigations into this case have led us to arrest this man who we will be interviewing in due course in connection with this case.

‘The swift arrest of this suspect we hope will provide some reassurance to local residents.

‘As I said earlier this is a horrific incident which has left a man fighting for his life and his family who were upstairs at the time are extremely shocked and upset by the ordeal.

‘The victim is in the intensive care unit and is currently in a serious but stable condition.

It is understood the resident had gone to investigate the sound of breaking glass before being stabbed by the suspect, who then fled the scene. Pictured: Police at the scene

It is understood the resident had gone to investigate the sound of breaking glass before being stabbed by the suspect, who then fled the scene. Pictured: Police at the scene

It is understood the resident had gone to investigate the sound of breaking glass before being stabbed by the suspect, who then fled the scene. Pictured: Police at the scene

‘We’re continuing to make enquiries and are not ruling anything out so we would welcome speaking to anyone who may have information which would help with our enquiries, or who may have been a witness.’ 

Current BAPRAS president Ruth Waters told the BBC they had been contacted by colleagues all around the world sending their best wishes.

She said: ‘All have expressed their shock at what has happened and also their deep concern for his wellbeing and their hope for his speedy recovery.

‘It has been my good fortune and honour to know Graeme for many years. I have benefited from his kindness, generosity and extensive knowledge throughout my career in plastic surgery.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 44 of January 14, 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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