A TOP plastic surgeon has been arrested after a rival doctor was left fighting for his life with knife wounds.
Jonathan Brooks, 55, was arrested after retired surgeon Graeme Perks, 65, was repeatedly knifed in his £800,000 home.
The dad-of-four was fighting for life after apparently confronting an intruder who broke into his vicarage in the middle of the night yesterday.
Two police officers stood guard outside Mr Brooks’ home today. One told The Sun: “This is a crime scene linked to an ongoing investigation.”
A source said: “Jonathan’s house was searched by armed police today in connection to a stabbing in Halam."
Neighbours told how police had knocked on their doors and explained Mr Brooks had been arrested in the centre of exclusive Southwell, Notts., where he lives.
Five years ago, Brooks failed in his bid to claim £5m in compensation from Nottingham University Hospital, where Mr Perk was his boss.
He claimed he was effectively suspended for blowing the whistle on poor work conditions, in 2012 – although he continued to work for the trust..
In 2019 he was ordered to pay £170,000 costs over the legal wrangle.
In 2015 Brooks told a tribunal paedophiles with burn injuries had been treated next to child patients.
He also alleged Mr Perks had negotiated a “job plan” allowing him to work 8 days in private practice for every 12 days worked for the NHS despite remaining on full salary.
His claims were dismissed.
He ended up paying £170,000 of the hospital’s costs in defending his claim because the tribunal found his claims had "no reasonable prospects of success".
Brooks appealed and in 2019 Justice Choudhury of the Employment Appeals Tribunal found that the costs order was fair and ordered Brooks to pay up.
Cops searched Mr Brooks' house on Thursday and were continuing to question the serving surgeon.
Det Insp Gayle Hart said: “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.
“Detectives are working hard to establish the circumstances and progress the investigation as quickly as possible.”
Anyone with information can call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 44 of 14 January 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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