Hammer attack on 96 year-old Taunton war veteran

Police in Taunton are investigating a hammer attack on a 96 year-old war veteran. Jim Booth was left with serious head injuries after answering the door of his home to a caller offering to do work on his house.

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Man arrested in connection with hammer attack on 96 year-old war veteran

Jim Booth is recovering in Musgrove Park Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

A man has been arrested in connection with a hammer attack on a 96 year-old D-Day veteran at his home in Taunton. Jim Booth was left with serious injuries to his head and body when he was assaulted at his home in Gipsy Lane two days ago.

This morning police arrested a 39 year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated burglary.

Mr Booth is being treated at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital where he is said to be in a serious but stable condition. The vicar of his local church told ITV News that Mr Booth was now talking and eating. Rev Stephen Kivett, vicar of St John's and Staplegrove, visited Mr Booth last night.

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