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Former BBC radio presenter Jimmy Carol no longer in critical condition following Benidorm bar attack

Jimmy Carol, from Chapel-en-le-Frith
Jimmy Carol, from Chapel-en-le-Frith

Former BBC Radio presenter Jimmy Carol has been moved out of a critical condition in hospital after a gruesome bar attack in Benidorm.

The 63-year-old's son James Everall posted the incredible news that his father was stable enough to return home on his Facebook page.

The popular presenter, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, will be able to travel back to Britain, via an air ambulance, when a bed in a specialist trauma ward becomes available.

James posted yesterday (Thursday): "Dad has now been moved out of a critical condition and transferred to the rehabilitation ward in the hospital here in Spain.

"Due to his progress he has now been deemed stable enough for repatriation home and will travel via air ambulance the moment a bed in a specialist trauma ward becomes available.

"This could be days or weeks but ultimately dad is progressing positively each day.

"I can not explain in the adequate words my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who has prayed, sent kind words and messages and to the incredibly compassionate staff at the hospital here who, have treated my father like their own.

"You have been incredible and a source of Gods kindness and care towards my family. So simply, thank you.

"It really is going to be a long journey and the final outcome is not yet clear but by the grace of God and your kindness we are in a much better position than we were several weeks ago.

"God bless you all."

Jimmy was left fighting for his life after being punched and knocked to the ground during the attack at the Good Times Bar & Bistro, which happened between 11.50pm on Tuesday, July 3 and 12.30am on Wednesday, July 4.

He suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain before being placed on a life support machine. His condition has improved dramatically in recent weeks after his family initially stated that he would need a miracle to survive.

It is believed that the popular entertainer, who was working as a stand up comedian in the Spanish holiday resort, was attacked when he stepped in to help a woman who he believed was being harassed by a group of men.

Family and friends have launched a bid to raise £20,000 as part of an appeal for help in tracking down his attacker. Visit www.gofundme.com/jimmy-carol-reward-fund to donate.