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Friday, 30 March, 2001, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Murder hunt begins after veteran dies
George Dale
George Dale died of his injuries at City Hospital
An 87-year-old war veteran beaten with an iron bar by a robber posing as a policeman has died of his injuries.

George Dale, who fought with the Royal Artillery in World War II, was left with a broken neck, severed spinal cord and severe facial injuries after the attack at his home in Ladywood, Birmingham, two weeks ago.

West Midlands Police said officers had launched a murder inquiry after Mr Dale, who was left paralysed by the assault, died at Birmingham's City Hospital.

Mr Dale's wife, Betty, 86, who was also assaulted, has been released from hospital. They have four grandchildren.

George Dale during World War II
George Dale served with the Royal Artillery
Officers renewed their appeal for information about the attack and announced a 5,000 Crimestoppers reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

A spokeswoman said the attacker had a clear complexion and irregular gaps in his upper front teeth.

He wore a woolly hat with a badge on the front, a waterproof nylon jacket with letters on the front and dark brown boots.

He fled with a black shopping bag stolen from the couple's home containing a camera and various papers.

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