Heartbreaking photo of ex-BBC radio star on life support after Benidorm attack

The son of Benidorm comic Jimmy Carol has released heartbreaking photos of his dad hooked up to a hospital ventilator as he pleads for help tracking down his attacker.

James Everall said his 63-year-old former BBC presenter father was on life support and the machine was doing his breathing.

He also confirmed a £20,000 cash reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who left Jimmy fighting for survival.

Jimmy’s other son Daniel broke news of the attack on Wednesday, saying he was in an induced coma at a hospital in the Costa Blanca city of Alicante after an assault following England’s World Cup last-16 win over Colombia.

James, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, said before he travelled back from Brazil to be by his father’s bedside that he had been punched after standing up to a group of drunks who were harassing some women at Good Times Bar & Bistro in Benidorm opposite a bar where he was working.

Medics are due to do a third CT scan on Jimmy on Monday to see if bleeding on his brain has reduced.

Surgery has not taken place yet because of his multiple skull fractures.

James, who released pictures of his dad lying in bed with a tube in his mouth and a drip attached to his arm, said: “Today I arrived in Alicante and went straight to my Dads bedside in the ICU.

“Unfortunately after yesterday’s positive report there is no further similar update.

“My Dad was not responsive to me today and quite honestly it was difficult to be with him.

“He is on life support and the machine is doing his breathing.

“He has a third CT scan on Monday to see if the bleeding and haemorrhaging reduce but due to his multiple skull fractures the medical team are unable to perform surgery yet.”

He also posted pictures online of a man in a red shirt and shorts who he said had delivered the “sucker punch” as everything was calming down, saying three families were involved in the incident where his dad was targeted and he could have got caught up in a domestic issue.

One of the CCTV pictures he posted was dated July 3 2014, sparking questions from a well-wisher about the date which were not immediately answered late last night.

James said: “Please pray for my brother and I who are obviously shaken and disturbed by all of this.

“And please pray for the person who did this. Pray that they realise the gravity of their drunken actions and that they have the courage to turn themselves in.”

He added, criticising local police: “One other thing to mention is my absolute shock that the local police have yet to retrieve this CCTV from the premises, have yet to collect any witness statements and (this is unbelievable) failed to check/ notice the potential CCTV from the ATM directly opposite the bar.

"I was at the scene for 5 minutes and found more out about what happened with potential leads than it seems the local police have done.”

Jimmy is described on his website as a “well-established” radio presenter who has interviewed world renowned celebrities for BBC Radio Sheffield’s shows.

He has also done theatre, television and voice-over work.

Earlier Jimmy’s pal Christine Coles confirmed on social media a crowdfunding page had been set up and a string of performers had agreed to take part in fundraising shows over the next few weeks including Lester Crabtree and Stewart Masters.

She also said she had secured offers of help from “top celebs” from top TV comedy Benidorm.

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