A bomb squad was called to a hospital after a patient was admitted with a mortar shell stuck up his anus on December 2.

Troops from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after being notified by police "that a patient had presented with a munition in his rectum."

The man was a military enthusiast who found the mortar round while clearing out and claims he "tripped" and fell onto the piece of army ordnance that landed him in hospital.

Reports say the shell was used by the Royal Artillery in the Second World War as anti-tank rounds, though it would later also be used by British tanks in North Africa.

These rounds measure 57mm in diameter and an eye-watering 170mm in length.

A source told The Sun: "The guy said he found the shell when he was having a clear-out of his stuff.

"He said he put it on the floor then he slipped and fell on it — and it went up his a***."

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

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A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "We can confirm that the police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) attended Gloucestershire Royal Hospital yesterday.

"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 unsteady patient was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, so long as he does not trip and fall onto any more artillery shells.

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