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

Stephen Gough, the naked rambler

Stephen Gough, the naked rambler

First published in Eastleigh Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Features Writer

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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