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Bomb squad race to A&E after patient arrives with WW2 artillery shell stuck up his bottom

THE bomb squad raced to a crowded A&E after a patient arrived with an artillery shell stuck up his behind, The Sun can reveal.

Army bomb disposal experts scrambled to the hospital where medics feared the anti-tank round could be about to explode.

The unnamed patient, who was a civilian, told medics he had slipped and fallen on the armour-piercing projectile that was in his arsenal of military collectables.

It was later identified as being a World War Two vintage 57mm shell that were typically fired from six-pounder anti-tank guns.

“They guy said he found the shell when he was having a clear out of his stuff,” a source told The Sun.

“He said he put it on the floor then he slipped and fell on it and it went up his arse.

“He was in a considerable amount of pain. I think he collected military memorabilia”

Soldiers scrambled to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Wednesday morning at the request of the police.

Police said they responded to "a report that a patient had presented with a munition in his rectum".

"The item had been removed prior to police arrival and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) were contacted," police said.

Troops from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal regiment, based in nearby Ashchurch, "confirmed it was not a live round" police added.

“It was a solid shot round," a defence source said.

"It was a chunky, pointed lump of lead designed to rip through a tank’s armour.

“It was basically an inert lump of metal so there was no risk to life, at least not to anyone else’s."

CHUNKY POINTED LUMP OF LEAD

Sun Doc Carol Cooper said the patient could have died if the round had pierced his gut.

She said: “The range of objects that are pushed into rectum’s is incredible, from wine glasses to ketchup bottles and parts of hoovers.

“Sadly, it is an everyday occurrence in A&E but I have heard of the bomb squad being called out before.”

The hospital said: “As with any incident involving munitions, the relevant safety protocols were followed to ensure that there was no risk to patients, staff or visitors at any time.”

The Army: "We can confirm an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called out to Gloucestershire at the request of local police."

The patient is understood to have been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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