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Wanted: Easy target who likes being shot

An unusual job advert for someone to have paintballs shot at them to test their impact has attracted more than 10,000 applications from across the world.

UKPaintball said it was overwhelmed at the scale of the response to its bid to employ a Human Bullet Impact Tester.

The firm, which operates at 60 locations across the UK, said it had received expressions of interest for the £40,000-a-year job from as far away as India, the United States, Canada and Croatia.

Comments in the applications included: "I'm a rugby player and I used to play airsoft without protection so I know physical pain. I can also break watermelon with my head.

"I always dreamed of being face-covered by paint while screaming so I think I can be the perfect tester."

Another hopeful candidate said he was fat - so easier to aim at.

Justin Toohig, owner of UKPaintball.co.uk, said: "This incredible response is the last thing we expected when we posted the advert.

"We couldn't have predicted that so many people in the UK and beyond would want to get shot for a living.

"We've had individuals hoping to secure the job including an ex-Army soldier boasting previous experience of guns and weaponry, a paintballing enthusiast who has indulged in his hobby all around the world and an ex-magician's assistant who was once almost shot for real in an illusion that went horribly wrong.