SPECIALIST police officers are now piecing together the movements of a man who was found on the A66 with his penis chopped off.
Detectives have made “regular visits” to speak to the 40-year-old victim at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said the man is now ‘engaging’ with officers after previously being unable to give any thorough details about the incident.
The investigations into the attack are now into a sixth day.
The police spokeswoman said: “This has included piecing together the movements of the man on the evening of Wednesday, March 12, between 6pm when he returned home from work and police locating him by the side of the A66 at approximately 5am the following morning.
Specially trained officers have visited the man on a number of occasions since his admittance to hospital and have spoken to him about his injuries and how he has come about them. He is engaging with these officers and is assisting them as he continues to undergo treatment and begin recovery.”
The dad-of-seven, who is from a travellers’ site in the South Bank area of Middlesbrough, was found staggering along the A66 and looking in nearby bushes at 4.50am last Thursday after suffering the horrific injuries.
He was initially put into an induced coma but regained consciousness on Friday.
The A66 was closed throughout that day as police officers searched for the penis.
Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of assault. He was bailed pending further inquiries.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Cleveland Police on 101.