A Somali pirate dubbed Six Toe Joe because he has an extra digit on each foot has been captured by Royal Navy sailors.
The notorious gangster, who also has an extra finger on each hand due to the rare condition polydactyly, was detained with 13 others last month.
A stash of weapons including rocket launchers and hand grenades were found in the Indian Ocean raid on a hijacked Yemeni fishing boat, and the group now face years in jail for piracy.
A jubilant source told the Sun: ‘We have finally captured the pirate with 12 toes and 12 fingers. This is a massive scalp for the Royal Navy.
‘He’s the modern day Long John Silver. When you think of pirates you think of peg-legs, not excessive fingers and toes, but the rumours proved to be true.’
Had the pirate, who was handed to Seychelles police last week, lived in the West then he could have undergone a simple operation to remove his four extra digits.
But war-torn Somalia’s healthcare system is believed not to cater for such medical issues.
Notorious though he may be, I hope he is not abused by his captors.