Naked rambler Stephen Gough enjoying feeling of freedom for first time in years

Daily Echo: Stephen Gough, the naked rambler Stephen Gough, the naked rambler

A HAMPSHIRE man dubbed the Naked Rambler has tasted his first day of freedom after six years in prison for refusing to wear clothes and he is of course in the nude.

Former Royal Marine Stephen Gough, 53, from Eastleigh , has vowed to continue walking around Britain with no clothes on - and plans to head south.

Gough, who has been convicted 17 times in 10 years, said his time behind bars had “flown by” but added he was looking forward to seeing his two teenage children for the first time in years.

Gough, who has been sentenced numerous times for breaches of the peace, was spoken to by officers when he was freed from Perth Prison yesterday in Scotland but was allowed to go on his way in an apparent shift in police policy.

On previous occasions he has been immediately arrested by officers waiting at the gates, but yesterday he walked free, despite being naked.

He said: "My opinion is that the police have thought 'the guy's not going to give up so let's have a think about it'. Something has changed and it is good news for me."

Gough was jailed for a breach of the peace and contempt of court- after he appeared in a court naked.

Police last night confirmed they had decided to adopt a different stance towards the naked rambler after holding talks with him.

Chief Inspector Andy McCann, of Tayside Police, in Scotland, said: "Tayside Police has a duty to uphold the law but it also has a responsibility to act in the public interest.

"We have been working to resolve this impasse. We hope that by exercising some discretion we can find a more satisfactory conclusion for all concerned."

Gough became known as the Naked Rambler after he tried to walk unclothed from Land's End to John O'Groats in 2004. He set off again in 2005 and was repeatedly arrested once he reached Scotland.

It has been estimated the cost involved in repeatedly arresting, prosecuting and jailing Gough over the past decade has been about £500,000.

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11:42am Wed 18 Jul 12

tintin33 says...

sad man should spend some time with his family instead of prison
sad man should spend some time with his family instead of prison tintin33
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12:13pm Wed 18 Jul 12

voiceinthewilderness says...

IF HE CARED ENOUGH ABOUT SEEING HIS FAMILY HE WOULD START ACTING PROPERLY.
The man surely needs help. MENTALLY.
If he is sane then he should think about what £500,000 would have done..Saved a childs life perhaps.
DID HE WEAR CLOTHES IN PRISON?
IF HE CARED ENOUGH ABOUT SEEING HIS FAMILY HE WOULD START ACTING PROPERLY. The man surely needs help. MENTALLY. If he is sane then he should think about what £500,000 would have done..Saved a childs life perhaps. DID HE WEAR CLOTHES IN PRISON? voiceinthewilderness
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12:30pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Shoong says...

The man might be nice chap, but for me he's clearly mentally ill.

Yes, I know people say 'why should we be ashamed of our bodies?' and yes I agree but walking around naked is taking it to the extreme. Walking around in public in the buff is *not normal behaviour* otherwise we'd all be doing it. You might not be offended by the sight of a naked man walking around in public but I am.
The man might be nice chap, but for me he's clearly mentally ill. Yes, I know people say 'why should we be ashamed of our bodies?' and yes I agree but walking around naked is taking it to the extreme. Walking around in public in the buff is *not normal behaviour* otherwise we'd all be doing it. You might not be offended by the sight of a naked man walking around in public but I am. Shoong
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12:42pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Inform Al says...

If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked. Inform Al
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1:10pm Wed 18 Jul 12

zebedeemm says...

He is not naked. You must be a fool if you cant see his birthday suit!
He is not naked. You must be a fool if you cant see his birthday suit! zebedeemm
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1:42pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Georgem says...

zebedeemm wrote:
He is not naked. You must be a fool if you cant see his birthday suit!
But Emperor....
[quote][p][bold]zebedeemm[/bold] wrote: He is not naked. You must be a fool if you cant see his birthday suit![/p][/quote]But Emperor.... Georgem
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2:03pm Wed 18 Jul 12

voiceinthewilderness says...

Joking apart it seems that for once the police have got their priorities correct.

There is no point in wasting police time and resources etc.
How does he get food on his walks.

Perhaps from "THE NAKED CHEF" ?
Joking apart it seems that for once the police have got their priorities correct. There is no point in wasting police time and resources etc. How does he get food on his walks. Perhaps from "THE NAKED CHEF" ? voiceinthewilderness
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2:07pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Taskforce 141 says...

Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.
Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc. Taskforce 141
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2:08pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Georgem says...

Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
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[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]http://i0.kym-cdn.co m/photos/images/news feed/000/200/420/BRT ky.jpg?1321408042 Georgem
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2:20pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Shoong says...

Taskforce 141 wrote:
Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.
That depends on your definition of 'harm'.

If you're distracted by a naked bloke walking down the street and you walk out into the traffic while distracted..?

;)
[quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.[/p][/quote]That depends on your definition of 'harm'. If you're distracted by a naked bloke walking down the street and you walk out into the traffic while distracted..? ;) Shoong
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2:28pm Wed 18 Jul 12

voiceinthewilderness says...

Shoong wrote:
Taskforce 141 wrote:
Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.
That depends on your definition of 'harm'.

If you're distracted by a naked bloke walking down the street and you walk out into the traffic while distracted..?

;)
Quite agree.
If everybody did their own thing it would be rediculous.
There Norms and he does not fit.
Why should others have to put up with it.
Afterall Nudists have designated Beeches NOT PUBLIC FOOTPATHS
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.[/p][/quote]That depends on your definition of 'harm'. If you're distracted by a naked bloke walking down the street and you walk out into the traffic while distracted..? ;)[/p][/quote]Quite agree. If everybody did their own thing it would be rediculous. There Norms and he does not fit. Why should others have to put up with it. Afterall Nudists have designated Beeches NOT PUBLIC FOOTPATHS voiceinthewilderness
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2:44pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Georgem says...

voiceinthewilderness wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Taskforce 141 wrote:
Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.
That depends on your definition of 'harm'.

If you're distracted by a naked bloke walking down the street and you walk out into the traffic while distracted..?

;)
Quite agree.
If everybody did their own thing it would be rediculous.
There Norms and he does not fit.
Why should others have to put up with it.
Afterall Nudists have designated Beeches NOT PUBLIC FOOTPATHS
Nudists get their own trees, too? This is political correctness gone mad!
[quote][p][bold]voiceinthewilderness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.[/p][/quote]That depends on your definition of 'harm'. If you're distracted by a naked bloke walking down the street and you walk out into the traffic while distracted..? ;)[/p][/quote]Quite agree. If everybody did their own thing it would be rediculous. There Norms and he does not fit. Why should others have to put up with it. Afterall Nudists have designated Beeches NOT PUBLIC FOOTPATHS[/p][/quote]Nudists get their own trees, too? This is political correctness gone mad! Georgem
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3:20pm Wed 18 Jul 12

bigfella777 says...

6 years in jail, then he says it was nothing and still walks out of jail naked.Im suprised there was not an outcry from the human rights lot when he was locked up,the length of sentence seems ridiculous.
He reminds me of Ghandi, refusing to cow down and conform,not sure what his cause is but fair play to him.
6 years in jail, then he says it was nothing and still walks out of jail naked.Im suprised there was not an outcry from the human rights lot when he was locked up,the length of sentence seems ridiculous. He reminds me of Ghandi, refusing to cow down and conform,not sure what his cause is but fair play to him. bigfella777
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3:21pm Wed 18 Jul 12

localnews says...

Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going localnews
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3:34pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Inform Al says...

localnews wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going
As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake
[quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going[/p][/quote]As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake Inform Al
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3:43pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Georgem says...

Inform Al wrote:
localnews wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going
As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake
The twist: you have to fight naked.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going[/p][/quote]As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake[/p][/quote]The twist: you have to fight naked. Georgem
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3:49pm Wed 18 Jul 12

localnews says...

Georgem wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
localnews wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going
As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake
The twist: you have to fight naked.
todgers at 10 paces
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going[/p][/quote]As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake[/p][/quote]The twist: you have to fight naked.[/p][/quote]todgers at 10 paces localnews
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4:51pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Dragonqueen says...

If he was on Southampton Common and on a bike!!!!!!!
If he was on Southampton Common and on a bike!!!!!!! Dragonqueen
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4:57pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Inform Al says...

Georgem wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
localnews wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going
As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake
The twist: you have to fight naked.
Hope that doesn't mean I'll have to have a bath before Christmasm
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going[/p][/quote]As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake[/p][/quote]The twist: you have to fight naked.[/p][/quote]Hope that doesn't mean I'll have to have a bath before Christmasm Inform Al
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4:58pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Inform Al says...

localnews wrote:
Georgem wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
localnews wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going
As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake
The twist: you have to fight naked.
todgers at 10 paces
Too close, brag brag
[quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going[/p][/quote]As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake[/p][/quote]The twist: you have to fight naked.[/p][/quote]todgers at 10 paces[/p][/quote]Too close, brag brag Inform Al
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5:00pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Inform Al says...

Dragonqueen wrote:
If he was on Southampton Common and on a bike!!!!!!!
Suspect that's why it was not reported in the Echo until after the event. A good case for road tacks?
[quote][p][bold]Dragonqueen[/bold] wrote: If he was on Southampton Common and on a bike!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Suspect that's why it was not reported in the Echo until after the event. A good case for road tacks? Inform Al
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5:03pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Georgem says...

Inform Al wrote:
Georgem wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
localnews wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going
As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake
The twist: you have to fight naked.
Hope that doesn't mean I'll have to have a bath before Christmasm
Well, really offensive BO could give you an unfair advantage, so I'm afraid it does.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]good luck with that,ex royal marine against a cyber warrior.....know where my moneys going[/p][/quote]As I served as both Para (7RHA) and Commando (29RA) I would be happy to take your stake[/p][/quote]The twist: you have to fight naked.[/p][/quote]Hope that doesn't mean I'll have to have a bath before Christmasm[/p][/quote]Well, really offensive BO could give you an unfair advantage, so I'm afraid it does. Georgem
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5:51pm Wed 18 Jul 12

hmw says...

Another story about the naked rambler. I've never seen a man with so many column inches
Another story about the naked rambler. I've never seen a man with so many column inches hmw
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6:07pm Wed 18 Jul 12

SaintM says...

Why were the naked cyclists not arrested and put in jail last month, seems a bit of hypococritical that the council allow naked bike rides but arrest one person.
Why were the naked cyclists not arrested and put in jail last month, seems a bit of hypococritical that the council allow naked bike rides but arrest one person. SaintM
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6:10pm Wed 18 Jul 12

cantthinkofone says...

bigfella777 wrote:
6 years in jail, then he says it was nothing and still walks out of jail naked.Im suprised there was not an outcry from the human rights lot when he was locked up,the length of sentence seems ridiculous.
He reminds me of Ghandi, refusing to cow down and conform,not sure what his cause is but fair play to him.
Whilst I think the Ghandi comparison is pushing it a little, I agree with the sentiment.

Taking someone's liberty away is not something that should be done so lightly. To do otherwise is more characteristic of a fascist state than an alleged democracy.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: 6 years in jail, then he says it was nothing and still walks out of jail naked.Im suprised there was not an outcry from the human rights lot when he was locked up,the length of sentence seems ridiculous. He reminds me of Ghandi, refusing to cow down and conform,not sure what his cause is but fair play to him.[/p][/quote]Whilst I think the Ghandi comparison is pushing it a little, I agree with the sentiment. Taking someone's liberty away is not something that should be done so lightly. To do otherwise is more characteristic of a fascist state than an alleged democracy. cantthinkofone
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6:10pm Wed 18 Jul 12

cantthinkofone says...

bigfella777 wrote:
6 years in jail, then he says it was nothing and still walks out of jail naked.Im suprised there was not an outcry from the human rights lot when he was locked up,the length of sentence seems ridiculous.
He reminds me of Ghandi, refusing to cow down and conform,not sure what his cause is but fair play to him.
Whilst I think the Ghandi comparison is pushing it a little, I agree with the sentiment.

Taking someone's liberty away is not something that should be done so lightly. To do otherwise is more characteristic of a fascist state than an alleged democracy.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: 6 years in jail, then he says it was nothing and still walks out of jail naked.Im suprised there was not an outcry from the human rights lot when he was locked up,the length of sentence seems ridiculous. He reminds me of Ghandi, refusing to cow down and conform,not sure what his cause is but fair play to him.[/p][/quote]Whilst I think the Ghandi comparison is pushing it a little, I agree with the sentiment. Taking someone's liberty away is not something that should be done so lightly. To do otherwise is more characteristic of a fascist state than an alleged democracy. cantthinkofone
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6:13pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Georgem says...

SaintM wrote:
Why were the naked cyclists not arrested and put in jail last month, seems a bit of hypococritical that the council allow naked bike rides but arrest one person.
The council arrested him?
[quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: Why were the naked cyclists not arrested and put in jail last month, seems a bit of hypococritical that the council allow naked bike rides but arrest one person.[/p][/quote]The council arrested him? Georgem
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7:24pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Cushion balls mate you are a @rick!
Cushion balls mate you are a @rick! Fatty x Ford Worker
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7:33pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Brock_and_Roll says...

Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains.

We are born naked and have lived lives au naturale for 99.9% of the time humankind has been on the earth. Anyone who objects to seeing a human in their natural state has clearly been repressed by the values society and religions impose on us to limit our natural freedom!

Keep it up Mr Gough (actaully "keeping it up" might be going a bit far!!)
Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains. We are born naked and have lived lives au naturale for 99.9% of the time humankind has been on the earth. Anyone who objects to seeing a human in their natural state has clearly been repressed by the values society and religions impose on us to limit our natural freedom! Keep it up Mr Gough (actaully "keeping it up" might be going a bit far!!) Brock_and_Roll
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7:33pm Wed 18 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

What do his two teenage kids think of their father?

He hasn't seen them in years, it's hardly any wonder they're probably ashamed of him.

The old Dime Bar advert - This guy's a nutter.
What do his two teenage kids think of their father? He hasn't seen them in years, it's hardly any wonder they're probably ashamed of him. The old Dime Bar advert - This guy's a nutter. IronLady2010
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7:42pm Wed 18 Jul 12

cantthinkofone says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
What do his two teenage kids think of their father?

He hasn't seen them in years, it's hardly any wonder they're probably ashamed of him.

The old Dime Bar advert - This guy's a nutter.
Straw man argument coupled with marketing references. You just lost any credibility you may have had.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: What do his two teenage kids think of their father? He hasn't seen them in years, it's hardly any wonder they're probably ashamed of him. The old Dime Bar advert - This guy's a nutter.[/p][/quote]Straw man argument coupled with marketing references. You just lost any credibility you may have had. cantthinkofone
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8:03pm Wed 18 Jul 12

X Old Bill says...

He was arrested and detained under Scottish Law - This is not the same as English Law.
Under Scottish Law a Police Officer can be the actual complainant, and I gather, was so in this case.

In England and Wales actual simple nudity is not illegal - There must be some aggravating circumstances such as an intent to cause alarm and distress; or, there might be some sexual connotation such as for the Common Law: 'Outraging public decency.
Because of this Various County Police Forces use any handy Law which they can bend to fit.

Bear in mind that while nudity makes sex convenient, nudity does not always precede sexual behaviour and the two are not necessarily concurrent.
Anyone citing their wife, daughter, granny or whoever as being a victim is using their own sexual preconceptions rather than an actual complaint.

Clothing is for protection and convention.
This man obviously feels that he needs no protection and is oblivious of convention.
There are more dangerous people abroad on our streets, but because they outwardly 'conform' then no-one notices, until it all goes wrong.
He was arrested and detained under Scottish Law - This is not the same as English Law. Under Scottish Law a Police Officer can be the actual complainant, and I gather, was so in this case. In England and Wales actual simple nudity is not illegal - There must be some aggravating circumstances such as an intent to cause alarm and distress; or, there might be some sexual connotation such as for the Common Law: 'Outraging public decency. Because of this Various County Police Forces use any handy Law which they can bend to fit. Bear in mind that while nudity makes sex convenient, nudity does not always precede sexual behaviour and the two are not necessarily concurrent. Anyone citing their wife, daughter, granny or whoever as being a victim is using their own sexual preconceptions rather than an actual complaint. Clothing is for protection and convention. This man obviously feels that he needs no protection and is oblivious of convention. There are more dangerous people abroad on our streets, but because they outwardly 'conform' then no-one notices, until it all goes wrong. X Old Bill
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8:34pm Wed 18 Jul 12

opera phantom says...

Brock_and_Roll wrote:
Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains.

We are born naked and have lived lives au naturale for 99.9% of the time humankind has been on the earth. Anyone who objects to seeing a human in their natural state has clearly been repressed by the values society and religions impose on us to limit our natural freedom!

Keep it up Mr Gough (actaully "keeping it up" might be going a bit far!!)
I hope it is only freedom he starts feeling
[quote][p][bold]Brock_and_Roll[/bold] wrote: Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains. We are born naked and have lived lives au naturale for 99.9% of the time humankind has been on the earth. Anyone who objects to seeing a human in their natural state has clearly been repressed by the values society and religions impose on us to limit our natural freedom! Keep it up Mr Gough (actaully "keeping it up" might be going a bit far!!)[/p][/quote]I hope it is only freedom he starts feeling opera phantom
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8:34pm Wed 18 Jul 12

cantthinkofone says...

X Old Bill wrote:
He was arrested and detained under Scottish Law - This is not the same as English Law.
Under Scottish Law a Police Officer can be the actual complainant, and I gather, was so in this case.

In England and Wales actual simple nudity is not illegal - There must be some aggravating circumstances such as an intent to cause alarm and distress; or, there might be some sexual connotation such as for the Common Law: 'Outraging public decency.
Because of this Various County Police Forces use any handy Law which they can bend to fit.

Bear in mind that while nudity makes sex convenient, nudity does not always precede sexual behaviour and the two are not necessarily concurrent.
Anyone citing their wife, daughter, granny or whoever as being a victim is using their own sexual preconceptions rather than an actual complaint.

Clothing is for protection and convention.
This man obviously feels that he needs no protection and is oblivious of convention.
There are more dangerous people abroad on our streets, but because they outwardly 'conform' then no-one notices, until it all goes wrong.
Bravo fella. Good post.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: He was arrested and detained under Scottish Law - This is not the same as English Law. Under Scottish Law a Police Officer can be the actual complainant, and I gather, was so in this case. In England and Wales actual simple nudity is not illegal - There must be some aggravating circumstances such as an intent to cause alarm and distress; or, there might be some sexual connotation such as for the Common Law: 'Outraging public decency. Because of this Various County Police Forces use any handy Law which they can bend to fit. Bear in mind that while nudity makes sex convenient, nudity does not always precede sexual behaviour and the two are not necessarily concurrent. Anyone citing their wife, daughter, granny or whoever as being a victim is using their own sexual preconceptions rather than an actual complaint. Clothing is for protection and convention. This man obviously feels that he needs no protection and is oblivious of convention. There are more dangerous people abroad on our streets, but because they outwardly 'conform' then no-one notices, until it all goes wrong.[/p][/quote]Bravo fella. Good post. cantthinkofone
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8:57pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Georgem says...

X Old Bill wrote:
He was arrested and detained under Scottish Law - This is not the same as English Law.
Under Scottish Law a Police Officer can be the actual complainant, and I gather, was so in this case.

In England and Wales actual simple nudity is not illegal - There must be some aggravating circumstances such as an intent to cause alarm and distress; or, there might be some sexual connotation such as for the Common Law: 'Outraging public decency.
Because of this Various County Police Forces use any handy Law which they can bend to fit.

Bear in mind that while nudity makes sex convenient, nudity does not always precede sexual behaviour and the two are not necessarily concurrent.
Anyone citing their wife, daughter, granny or whoever as being a victim is using their own sexual preconceptions rather than an actual complaint.

Clothing is for protection and convention.
This man obviously feels that he needs no protection and is oblivious of convention.
There are more dangerous people abroad on our streets, but because they outwardly 'conform' then no-one notices, until it all goes wrong.
A+ would read again!

The automatic assumption of a sexual reason for nudity, speaks volumes about those making the assumption.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: He was arrested and detained under Scottish Law - This is not the same as English Law. Under Scottish Law a Police Officer can be the actual complainant, and I gather, was so in this case. In England and Wales actual simple nudity is not illegal - There must be some aggravating circumstances such as an intent to cause alarm and distress; or, there might be some sexual connotation such as for the Common Law: 'Outraging public decency. Because of this Various County Police Forces use any handy Law which they can bend to fit. Bear in mind that while nudity makes sex convenient, nudity does not always precede sexual behaviour and the two are not necessarily concurrent. Anyone citing their wife, daughter, granny or whoever as being a victim is using their own sexual preconceptions rather than an actual complaint. Clothing is for protection and convention. This man obviously feels that he needs no protection and is oblivious of convention. There are more dangerous people abroad on our streets, but because they outwardly 'conform' then no-one notices, until it all goes wrong.[/p][/quote]A+ would read again! The automatic assumption of a sexual reason for nudity, speaks volumes about those making the assumption. Georgem
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9:15pm Wed 18 Jul 12

bazzeroz says...

What a knob, so to speak, lol.
What a knob, so to speak, lol. bazzeroz
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10:48pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Taskforce 141 wrote:
Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.
You are walking up the high Street with your child. He walks out in front of you. You are obviously OK with that? He moves past you, it's busy. He is too close for comfort. You still OK with that? Now, I am not for one moment suggesting he is some sort of sex pest, but there is a time and a place and walking up Southampton High Street or any other High street for that matter, whilst naked, is plainly wrong. There are miles and miles of these lands where he can go tonto. He chooses to be controversial, I agree with others that he needs medical help.
[quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.[/p][/quote]You are walking up the high Street with your child. He walks out in front of you. You are obviously OK with that? He moves past you, it's busy. He is too close for comfort. You still OK with that? Now, I am not for one moment suggesting he is some sort of sex pest, but there is a time and a place and walking up Southampton High Street or any other High street for that matter, whilst naked, is plainly wrong. There are miles and miles of these lands where he can go tonto. He chooses to be controversial, I agree with others that he needs medical help. Sir Ad E Noid
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10:59pm Wed 18 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
Taskforce 141 wrote:
Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.
You are walking up the high Street with your child. He walks out in front of you. You are obviously OK with that? He moves past you, it's busy. He is too close for comfort. You still OK with that? Now, I am not for one moment suggesting he is some sort of sex pest, but there is a time and a place and walking up Southampton High Street or any other High street for that matter, whilst naked, is plainly wrong. There are miles and miles of these lands where he can go tonto. He chooses to be controversial, I agree with others that he needs medical help.
Apparently you are wrong, everyone brings up their children to wear clothes purely for protection, if they choose to take off their clothes don't tell them off, let them walk naked.

I'm guessing if it's ok for an adult to walk around naked, it's the same with kids?

I'm sure the perverts would love the world to walk around naked. It's bad enough having perverts when people are clothed.

Sorry, but I can't agree that someone should walk around naked even for innocent reasons.

Many people are offended by seeing obese people clothed, yet alone naked!

Yes, I'm not normal :/
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.[/p][/quote]You are walking up the high Street with your child. He walks out in front of you. You are obviously OK with that? He moves past you, it's busy. He is too close for comfort. You still OK with that? Now, I am not for one moment suggesting he is some sort of sex pest, but there is a time and a place and walking up Southampton High Street or any other High street for that matter, whilst naked, is plainly wrong. There are miles and miles of these lands where he can go tonto. He chooses to be controversial, I agree with others that he needs medical help.[/p][/quote]Apparently you are wrong, everyone brings up their children to wear clothes purely for protection, if they choose to take off their clothes don't tell them off, let them walk naked. I'm guessing if it's ok for an adult to walk around naked, it's the same with kids? I'm sure the perverts would love the world to walk around naked. It's bad enough having perverts when people are clothed. Sorry, but I can't agree that someone should walk around naked even for innocent reasons. Many people are offended by seeing obese people clothed, yet alone naked! Yes, I'm not normal :/ IronLady2010
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11:27pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Georgem says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
Taskforce 141 wrote:
Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.
You are walking up the high Street with your child. He walks out in front of you. You are obviously OK with that? He moves past you, it's busy. He is too close for comfort. You still OK with that? Now, I am not for one moment suggesting he is some sort of sex pest, but there is a time and a place and walking up Southampton High Street or any other High street for that matter, whilst naked, is plainly wrong. There are miles and miles of these lands where he can go tonto. He chooses to be controversial, I agree with others that he needs medical help.
The war on straw continues. Where does it state that he walked up a high street naked? Where is it stated that he's walking too close to others? But hey, let's just draw some hypothetical pictures, knowing full-well that the average moron will read them and get outraged at the behaviour, which you have not even attributed to the poor guy. Works every time, eh.

I also love the implication - sorry, plain statement as if fact - that anyone choosing not to conform to norms needs medical help. And by 'love' I mean 'am shocked to read'. And by 'shocked' I mean 'not in the least surprised'.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Does his actions harm anyone? Erm No, so why should we tell him how to live his life? we are all creatures upon this planet and we made the decision to conform to society and clothe ourselves. He has chosen not to confirm, and as long as he continues not to harm anyone just leave him be. There are other like minded individuals out there, perhaps not as extreme but plenty of people visit nudist beaches etc.[/p][/quote]You are walking up the high Street with your child. He walks out in front of you. You are obviously OK with that? He moves past you, it's busy. He is too close for comfort. You still OK with that? Now, I am not for one moment suggesting he is some sort of sex pest, but there is a time and a place and walking up Southampton High Street or any other High street for that matter, whilst naked, is plainly wrong. There are miles and miles of these lands where he can go tonto. He chooses to be controversial, I agree with others that he needs medical help.[/p][/quote]The war on straw continues. Where does it state that he walked up a high street naked? Where is it stated that he's walking too close to others? But hey, let's just draw some hypothetical pictures, knowing full-well that the average moron will read them and get outraged at the behaviour, which you have not even attributed to the poor guy. Works every time, eh. I also love the implication - sorry, plain statement as if fact - that anyone choosing not to conform to norms needs medical help. And by 'love' I mean 'am shocked to read'. And by 'shocked' I mean 'not in the least surprised'. Georgem
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3:02am Thu 19 Jul 12

212kelvin says...

I think that most Christians would agree that we are created in the image of God. That said, who is so offended by the image of God that one is arrested for displaying it? Think about it, what is offensive about the human body? When you answer try not to let the devil influence your answer.
I think that most Christians would agree that we are created in the image of God. That said, who is so offended by the image of God that one is arrested for displaying it? Think about it, what is offensive about the human body? When you answer try not to let the devil influence your answer. 212kelvin
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10:06am Thu 19 Jul 12

Dr Martin says...

, I suggest you curb your peeping tom activities and watch more TV instead
, I suggest you curb your peeping tom activities and watch more TV instead Dr Martin
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3:29pm Tue 24 Jul 12

ottred says...

Inform Al wrote:
If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.
Spot on. The blokes is a wrong 'un.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If he appears naked in front of my daughter when I'm around, it will definately be the last time he appears anywhere naked.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The blokes is a wrong 'un. ottred
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