WAR hero Jim Booth has returned home following a vicious attack which left him with serious families.

Mr Booth, 96, opened his door to a cold caller who asked if he needed work doing on his home in Gipsy Lane last week.

But when he refused, he was attacked with what is believed to be a claw hammer.

His family have released this statement through Avon and Somerset Police: "We are pleased to report that our father has left hospital to continue his rehabilitation at home, supported by his family.

"We should like to thank the staff at Musgrove Park Hospital who have cared for him over the last ten days as well as the A and E team who addressed his immediate needs when he was admitted with life-threatening injuries.

"Our father is enormously uplifted by the many cards and good wishes that he's received from people of all ages and nationalities. These include a little boy who anonymously sent his £5 Christmas money and the school children from Normandy who drew pictures of his submarine on D-Day. He is very touched by the kindness of friends, neighbours and strangers who have offered help and wished him a speedy recovery.

"The family would also like to thank Avon and Somerset Police for their support throughout the ordeal."