Seven men have been arrested after reports of castration procedures being broadcast live online.
They were arrested in Finsbury Park, north London, in December, when Metropolitan Police officers spent four days searching a home in the are
The amputations were broadcast on a channel initially promoted via a Twitter account, according to reports.
The mutilation is carried out by members of the “nullos” subculture – which involves men willingly undergoing castration surgery to become modern-day eunuchs.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said:
“Between Tuesday December 7 and Friday December 10 2021, officers from the Met’s Central Specialist Crime command conducted a search warrant at a residential address in the Finsbury Park area in connection with an investigation into an allegation of grievous bodily harm.
“A man, aged in his 40s, was arrested in relation to this investigation and is currently on bail. Six other suspects were also arrested and released on bail in connection with this matter.”
The other suspects are aged in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
Speaking to reporters, a neighbour said:
“It was all very bizarre, there were police outside the flat for a few days. They were putting everything in plastic bags — it looked like computers and laptops.”
“The allegations are shocking. Men are said to have been filmed having private parts removed.
“These procedures were apparently shown on a pay-per-view adult channel.”