Two arrests have been made after a naked man was seen crashing out of an alleged "brothel" window with a "savaged" hand.
Shocked witnesses said he was holding a "body part" as he fled the road into a local shop in a coastal seaport, although police have since denied this.
He claimed that he had been abducted earlier that day and was forced to smash through the window to escape, GrimsbyLive reports.
Footage shows him fleeing the residential road in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
One witness said: "I heard a crash and the man was running across the road, screaming for help. He sounded frightened.
"Once he'd got away from the house and knew he was safe, I called the police.
"His hand was badly cut, there was a lot of blood, I tried not to look at it too much."
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The house has been the target of several petrol bombings and has a constant stream of drug-related activity, locals say.
One woman said it had been reported to police "hundreds of times", and the incident on Saturday night didn't come as a surprise.
"The man's hand looked like it had been savaged, there were cuts everywhere. As soon as we heard the crash on Saturday night, we knew which house it must be. There's always trouble there," she said.
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"20 or 30 people can turn up there every day at all times of day or night.
"Some of the neighbours are scared to use their back gardens because of the needles they find lying in them.
"One person put up a sign saying 'I'm not the dealer, don't knock here'.
"I get 'zombies' hanging over my garden wall after they've been there, and I have to tell them to clear off.
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"It was petrol bombed a couple of weeks ago – men jumped out of a car with axes to break a hole in the window and threw it in. It only set fire to the curtains though.
"This is a street where everyone looks after each other, but it's been one thing after another since they took over that house. I'll be glad when they're gone and it can get back to normal."
Another petrol bomb attack on the house led to the arrests of three men in February.
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A man who lives on the street said he regularly sees people carrying bin bags of what he believes are stolen items to the house to exchange for drugs.
Another resident said: "The drug-related activity at that house is constant. It's been reported to police hundreds of times.
"I heard the smash of the window breaking and all the noise of people shouting. I knew which house it must be coming from.
"A naked man running across the road certainly isn't what you expect to see on a Saturday night."
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Medical equipment used to treat the man could be seen lying outside the Lifestyle Express shop following the incident.
Another witness said: "There was a trail of blood across the street from the house to the shop."
A man who lived nearby added: "I heard the smash but didn't go to look straight away. By the time I got out, there were police swarming everywhere."
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Detective Inspector Rhod Troake of Humberside Police, said: “Following an incident on Saturday on Convamore Road in Grimsby, a man was taken to hospital where he was treated for injuries and has since been released.
“We are aware of speculation that the man was carrying a body part, however this is not the case.
“Several lines of enquiry are ongoing to determine the exact circumstances that led to the man’s injuries.
“Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in our custody.
“I want to reassure the community that we believe this to be an isolated incident with no further threat to the public."
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