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    Weʼve raised £465 to help Jim Booth. A 96 year old local war veteran who was brutally assaulted in his own home!

    Taunton Deane District, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 25th March 2018

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    An elderly man has been left with serious injuries after being attacked during a distraction burglary in Taunton.

    The 96-year-old man was at his home in Gipsy Lane ,Staplegrove when he answered a call at the door between 4pm and 5pm yesterday (November 22).

    The caller asked the victim if he wanted some work done on his house. When he refused, the man attacked the victim with what’s believed to be a claw hammer.

    The victim suffered serious injuries to his head and body and was taken to hospital for treatment.

    DCI James Riccio said: “This was a vicious and sickening attack on an elderly man in his own home and we’ve launched a full-scale investigation to find the person who did this.

    “The victim managed to raise the alarm with a neighbour before being taken to hospital, where his condition is described as potentially life-threatening.

    “We cordoned off the scene and carried out house-to-house enquiries last night. A dog unit was also involved in an initial search of the area, but more searches will be carried out today.

    “The offender has been described as white, in his mid-thirties, clean-shaven, solid/athletic build, with dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing and jeans.”

    *Did you see or hear anything suspicious in the Gipsy Lane area of Taunton yesterday afternoon?

    *Did you see anyone matching this description in the Gipsy Lane or wider Taunton area yesterday, or in recent days?

    *If you live in Taunton, have you had someone cold-calling at your property over the past few days offering to do work on your property? If so, we want to hear from you.

    DCI Riccio added: “Offences of this magnitude are rare but I’d like to reassure residents that we’re using all necessary resources to investigate this crime.

    “It’s hard to imagine how anyone could attack a 96-year-old man in his own home and I believe there will be people who have knowledge about who was responsible. If you do, I’d ask you to examine your conscience and do the right thing in calling us with a name.

    “There will be increased police activity around the Gipsy Lane area over the next few days. If you have any concerns, please speak to a member of your neighbourhood policing team.”

    You can also provide information 100 per cent anonymously via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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      Jim is now home and is on the long road to recovery... We wish you all the best Jim and a speedy recovery.

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    Supporters

    30

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 25, 2017

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 20, 2017

      I hope this goes some way to making Christmas better after such a horrible incident.

      £30.00

    • oliver orchard

      oliver orchard

      Dec 11, 2017

      Never was so much owed by so many to so fewWe wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year, get well soon.

      £50.00

    • Peter Rae

      Peter Rae

      Dec 7, 2017

      Get well soon, very sad that we have people in society that can do this.

      £20.00

    • sarah stocks

      sarah stocks

      Dec 6, 2017

      Sending lots of love and best wishes. x

      £20.00

    • Ilana Kardasis

      Ilana Kardasis

      Dec 5, 2017

      £10.00

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      Anonymous

      Nov 30, 2017

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