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Hammer attack victim who danced with the Duchess

War veteran Jim Booth has been seriously injured after being beaten with a hammer at his home in Taunton.

He has been described as a 'secret hero' of D-Day. In his later years, the 96-year-old has made some famous connections.

In August 2015, Jim Booth joined the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall for a reception in the grounds of Westminster Abbey.

During the party, which was hosted by the Royal British Legion, Mr Booth took to the floor for a dance with Camilla.

Six homes in Weymouth without power after cable damaged

Six homes in Mount Pleasant Avenue in Weymouth are still without power. Credit: Google Street View

Six properties in Mount Pleasand Avenue in Weymouth are still without electricity after a power cable was damaged in the Dorset town.

Scottish and Southern Energy says thousands of homes and businesses across Dorset and Somerset were left without electricity just after 11am this morning, 24 November after a 'third party' damaged an underground cable.

The firm has reconnected most of its customers by diverting power from elsewhere but six homes in the street where the damage happened do not have power.

SSE says it believes the remaining properties will be connected by 4pm today. It apologises to all those affected.


The distinguished wartime career of hammer attack victim Jim Booth

Jim Booth was the sole survivor of an undercover WWII operation. Credit: COPP Heroes

Jim Booth, the 96 year-old man recovering in hospital from a hammer attack at his home in Taunton, had a distinguished military career. Sub-lieutenant Jim Booth was a member of the Combined Operations Pilotage Parties whose members risked their lives to gather information about proposed landing beaches and inshore waters, usually under the noses of enemy coastal defences.

Mr Booth is the only survivor of a crack 10-man team who spent five days half a mile underwater in two mini subs X-20 and X-23 before the D-Day invasion of 1944. The daring operation helped guide Allied landing craft to Sword beach instead of drifting on to jagged rocks. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French for his outstanding gallantry.

After the D-Day mission, Jim Booth was posted to the Far East. Credit: COPP Heroes

Following the success of the D-Day mission Jim was posted to the Far East to carry out further hazardous reconnaissance work along the coast of Burma, prior to its recapture. This entailed exploration of the coastal inlets, using small specialist landing craft, and sorties from two man canoes, which were launched from submarines.

After his Far East tour of duty, Jim returned to the UK to attend a parachute course, but he was then returned to the regular navy, and sent to the Mediterranean in command of a minesweeper, HMS Vallay, clearing German minefields. Before joining COPP Jim had served on the North Sea convoys.

“When you’re a young man, and part of a good team of like-minded extroverts, you just think it’s all an exciting adventure, and you never imagine that you might not survive”.

– Jim Booth

96 year-old hammer attack victim 'very positive' says vicar after hospital visit

The vicar of Jim Booth's local church says he's 'still the same old Jim' despite the horrifying hammer attack on the 96 year-old. The Rev Stephen Kivett spoke to ITV News after visiting the D-Day veteran in hospital.

Mr Booth suffered serious injuries to his head and body when he was attacked two days ago at his home in Gipsy Lane, Taunton. A 39 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated burglary.

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