'Devoted dad' Philip Long suffered blunt force injury

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Image caption Philip Long was "devoted" to his four sons, his family said

An inquest has heard that a father of four boys suffered a "blunt force injury" during an incident on a street.

Sales manager Philip Long, who was 36 and from Marchweil, was found in College Street, Wrexham, in the early hours of Sunday, 7 August.

An 18-year-old man has been charged with his manslaughter.

North East Wales and Central Coroner John Gittins adjourned the inquest, following a brief hearing, to allow the criminal case to proceed.

The inquest in Ruthin was told Mr Long was understood to have been involved in an altercation.

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Image caption Philip Long was found on College Street, off Town Hill, early on Sunday, 7 August

He was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital before being transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where he later died.

A Gwersyllt man was remanded in custody facing a manslaughter charge, and will appear at Mold Crown Court in September.

Police have continued to appeal for any witnesses to the incident.

In a statement released last week, Mr Long's family said he was a "devoted daddy" who will be deeply missed.

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