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Hero is locked up by council for 17 months; Dementia veteran's PS60k compo.

Byline: JAMES BREWSTER

A SECOND World War veteran was taken from his home and detained at a dementia unit by a council in an "inexcusable" abuse of power.

The former RAF gunner, 91, has won PS60,000 damages in a landmark ruling.

The Court of Protection heard that despite repeated pleas to be allowed to leave, he was locked up in the nursing home for 17 months.

Judge Paul Mort blasted the council's actions as "reprehensible". He added: "It is hard to imagine a more depressing and inexcusable state of affairs. A defenceless gentleman... in his final years of life was removed from his home of 50 years and detained in a locked dementia unit against his wishes."

He said the man had dementia but it did not justify him being taken from his home.

The war hero, who cannot be named, was wearing a dressing gown but no trousers or pyjama bottoms when he was marched off by social workers in 2013, the b c court in Central London heard.

Mr Mort said the OAP would not have regained his freedom if not for a friend calling for his release.

He is now back at his home after Essex County Council admitted it had acted wrongly and breached his rights.

Chiefs agreed to pay damages and his legal costs. It will also provide care so he can live at home permanently.

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It is hard to imagine a more inexcusable state of affairs JUDGE PAUL MORT LAYS INTO THE COUNCIL

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