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Attack victim's wife witness plea
Jean and Phil Carroll
Jean Carroll said her husband was fed up with local gangs
The wife of a man left fighting for his life has begged for help to catch the teenage gang who attacked him.

Father-of-four Phillip Carroll, 48, was assaulted by youths who he confronted outside his home in Salford on 13 May.

Mr Carroll, who is critically ill in Hope Hospital, has had three operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

"There is nothing I could say that is polite about those that did this," said Mrs Jean Carroll, 44, on Friday.

Mr Carroll and his brother, John, were working on his Range Rover when the attack happened at his home on Grecian Street North in Lower Broughton.

Alan and Jean Carroll
Mr Carroll's family appealed to catch his attackers

He suffered serious head injuries after he challenged the youths, who then attacked him, punching him twice and knocking him to the floor.

"It was horrific. Phil was just lying there. I am in a daze. I just get up every day and come to the hospital," said Mrs Carroll.

"Phil is a perfect neighbour to have around. He could not do enough to help people.

"I was told about what had happened by a young girl who knocked on our door. I had never seen her before," she said.

Mrs Carroll said her husband had been fed up with gangs terrorising the area and could not stand them smashing up things he had worked for.

'Never sits down'

His son, Alan, 17, said his father was always ready to help anyone.

"He'll do anything for anyone. He works hard all week and then comes home and wants to rest the weekend but if someone asks him to help he'll go and help them. He'll be doing stuff all the time.

"He never just sits down and he finds time for anyone."

Phillip Carroll's wife appeals for information

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