A man cut off his own testicles and burst into an Essex church just as the vicar and a florist were preparing for a couple's wedding.
Reverand Bob Wallace of All Saints Church, told the Huffington Post UK: “Somebody came into the church having self harmed outside.
Guests started to arrive for the wedding but were told they were not allowed to go inside.
One told the Brentwood Weekly News: "There was blood all over the floor just outside the church. When I went in there it was like someone had been murdered. There was blood everywhere.
“The vicar knew of the man and said he had come into the church as they were setting up. He said the man had chopped his testicles off with a pair of scissors and was going bezerk, chucking chairs around. I’m surprised he didn’t pass out.
“When I went in the church, I saw something on the floor which I could only describe as flesh, which I thought was part of his arm but that was one of his testicles.”
The wedding went ahead half an hour later with the bride unaware of events.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Police were called by the ambulance service to All Saints Church, in Church Lane, Hutton, at around 12.25pm on September 14.
"A man with mental health problems was found in the church with serious injuries."
"He was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries, which police investigations have led them to believe were self-inflicted.
"He was then referred for a mental health assessment."
Anyone affected by the issues raised should call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90