A “highly regarded and respected” plastic surgeon is fighting for his life after being stabbed during a break-in at his home as residents claimed a doctor was arrested.
Graeme Perks suffered puncture wounds to his abdomen and chest in the attack in Halam, near Southwell, Nottinghamshire, just before 4.15am on Thursday.
Nottinghamshire Police said a 55-year-old man was arrested on Thursday as part of their investigation.
Residents claimed the man arrested was a doctor.
One woman, who said she worked in the medical profession, who did not want to be named, said there’s a rumour going around that the man arrested is a doctor.
She said: “It’s awful what’s happened to Graeme – he’s still seriously injured.”
Dr Perks, 65, had gone to investigate the sound of breaking glass before being stabbed.
He remains in a serious condition at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he was taken for surgery.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) said they were “shocked and appalled” by the “unwarranted and brutal attack” on one of their colleagues and past presidents.
Dr Perks has previously held leadership roles in the NHS, is a former chairman of the East Midlands Cancer Network and was president and chairman of the trustees of the charity BAPRAS in 2013 and 2014.
He was also a member of the Board for the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies between 2016 and 2018.
BAPRAS president and consultant plastic surgeon Ruth Waters said: “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.
“It has therefore been no surprise to me that as news of this terrible attack has spread, we have been contacted by colleagues from around the world.
“All have expressed their shock at what has happened and also their deep concern for his wellbeing and their hope for his speedy recovery.”
Consultant plastic surgeon and outgoing BAPRAS president Mark Henley added: “Graeme is an amazing colleague who it has been my pleasure and privilege to work with over the last 26 years.
“His dedication to patients, family and friends is an inspiration to us all and with his wisdom, kindness and humanity he has enabled us to achieve many things that I would never have thought possible.
“We are all willing him on.”
Appealing for anyone with information to come forward, Detective Inspector Gayle Hart, who is leading the investigation, said: “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.
“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.”