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Newark: Southwell plastic surgeon and former General Election agent Jonathan Peter Brooks charged with attempted murder and arson following Halam stabbing

A 56-year-old plastic surgeon and former General Election agent has been charged with attempted murder and attempted arson with intent to endanger life.

It follows the stabbing of 65-year-old Graeme Perks, a retired plastic surgeon, who is still fighting for his life following a break-in at his home last week.

Dr Peter Brooks. (43976552)
Dr Peter Brooks. (43976552)

Mr Perks was wounded to the stomach and chest during the ordeal in Halam Hill, Halam, just before 4.15am on Thursday, January 14.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre for surgery, where he still remains in a serious condition.

Graeme Perks. (43981528)
Graeme Perks. (43981528)

Jonathan Peter Brooks, of Landseer Road, Southwell, has been charged with attempted murder, and three counts of attempted arson with intent to endanger life, and possession of a knife in a public place, following an investigation by Nottinghamshire Police.

He was charged last night and has been remanded into custody to appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court this morning (January 18).

Brooks was election agent to Chantal Lee in the 2017 General Election and was an NHS whistleblower who worked at Nottingham University Hospitals.

He has worked in Haiti and Gaza for Medicine St Frontiers and made a failed attempt to be elected on to Southwell Town Council for Labour.

Detective Inspector Gayle Hart, who is leading the investigation, 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 and is still in a serious but stable condition. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

“If anyone has any information in relation to this case we would urge them to still contact us.”

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

Parts of the medical community have spoken out following the incident. For more, visit here.

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