Man ‘could have swallowed thumb’ in fight

Police say it is possible that a young man may have swallowed another man's thumb in a fight in Jönköping on Saturday night.

The two men, aged 23 and 24, came to blows on a dancefloor at a party in the southern Swedish town. The 23-year-old bit off his antagonist’s thumb, after which the thumb-less man knocked the other man’s teeth out.

The men were taken to hospital, but doctor’s hopes of sewing the 24-year-old’s thumb back on faded after exhaustive searches failed to recover it.

Police have so far been unable to determine for sure whether the 23-year-old may have swallowed the other man’s digit.