A MAN who is recovering in hospital after having his penis cut off has been interviewed by detectives, but they are still no closer to discovering how he sustained his horrific injuries.

The 40-year-old had been placed in a medically-induced coma after he was taken to hospital with wounds to his groin after being discovered staggering along the A66 early on Thursday morning.

Detectives visited him at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough over the weekend in an attempt to get further information aboutwhat happened.

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It is believed his injuries were sustained at the travellers’ site where he was living on John Boyle Road, South Bank, near Middlesbrough.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Following another visit on Saturday to the hospital where he remains an in-patient, detectives have still not been able to obtain an account from the man who was found with serious injuries early on Thursday morning.”

The dual carriageway was closed for several hours while officers carried out a fingertip search of the road and grass verge for the missing organ.

The road closure caused severe tailbacks during the morning rush hour while the junctions between the Greystones Roundabout and Church Lane were sealed off by police cars or vans to enable officers to safely search the area.

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.