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Tuesday, 20 March, 2001, 11:22 GMT
Man held over war veteran attack
Goerge Dale
George Dale: Still critical in hospital
A man has been arrested in connection with a savage attack on an elderly war veteran.

George Dale, 87, who fought in World War II, was left with a broken neck, severed spinal cord and severe facial injuries after he was beaten with an iron bar.

He remains in a critical condition in a Birmingham hospital following the attack which happened last Friday at his home in the Ladywood area of the city.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said a man in his 20s was arrested at an address in the Small Heath area of Birmingham in connection with the attack.

Other arrests

Two other men were arrested at the scene in connection with alleged assaults on police officers.

All three will be questioned later on Tuesday.

Mr Dale and his wife, Betty, 86, were assaulted by a man posing as a police officer.

She was later released from hospital. Their attacker stole a bag with a black 35mm camera and various papers from the victims' home.

George Dale during World War II
George Dale had his life "ahead of him"

Mr Dale's injuries are so serious that he may never walk again. Before the attack, he enjoyed a very active life cycling and rambling.

On Monday, Mr Dale's son Roger, 47, made an emotional appeal for information relating to his father's attackers.

"He was looking forward to reaching a hundred, now he's paralysed," he told a press conference.

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