A man who hacked off his hand, threw it in a bin and set it alight was recovering in hospital yesterday.
Police and paramedics were called after reports that the 44-year-old was going to harm himself with a knife.
They arrived at his home in Ogwell, Devon, to find the gruesome scene. The hand was pulled from the bin but it could not be saved.
The injured man was taken to hospital in Plymouth after Monday’s incident.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “He looked deathly pale.”