Inmate 'slices off own penis and tries to flush it down toilet'
A prisoner reportedly sliced off his own penis and tried to flush it down the toilet.
The man, in his 40, was discovered lying in a pool of blood barely conscious by prison wardens in the UK at HMP Bristol last Friday.
The unnamed inmate was rushed to hospital after paramedics managed to stem the bleeding, UK Prison Service said.
The incident happened at round 10am on Friday and officials said the injury was self-inflicted and no other prisoners were involved.
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A spokesman said: "A prisoner from HMP Bristol suffered injuries during an incident on Friday.
"Paramedics were called and the offender was taken to hospital for further treatment.”
HMP Bristol is a 'Category B' prison with around 600 adult male prisoners and a limited number of young offenders.
Emergency services were called to a similar incident at Bristol Prison in November 2007.
A prisoner who was serving time for possession of a knife tried to cut off his penis with a prison-issue razor.
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He had suffered deep cuts when he was discovered by prison wardens and taken to hospital.
After they arrived at the scene, paramedics worked to stem the bleeding before taking the man to a hospital, where he received treatment.
Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, told the Telegraph a reduction of staffing levels was causing problems for already overstretched prisons.
She added: "The trust is concerned about rising levels of violence and self-harm incidents across the prison estates and the drastic reductions in the number of staff.