‘Naked Rambler’ jailed for trekking nude

A MAN known as the “Naked Rambler” who was attempting to walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats was jailed yesterday for three months.

Stephen Gough, aged 44, was found guilty at a trial at Dingwall Sheriff Court after he was seen trekking nude through the centre of a Highland village while trying to complete his quest.

Gough, of Eastleigh, Hampshire, who was convicted of a breach of the peace and breaching bail conditions, unsuccessfully tried to argue that his nude walk was permitted under the rights of freedom of expression in the Human Rights Act.

Sentencing Gough, Sheriff Edward Savage told him: “You seemed determined, Mr Gough, to break the law”.

Gough was arrested on November 29 after a resident in the village of Evanton, Ross-shire saw Gough striding through the main street of the village wearing only a rucksack and a pair of walking boots.

He was arrested shortly after having been released from a prior period in prison for committing a similar offence on the Cromarty bridge, also in Ross-shire.

The sheriff jailed Gough for three months, backdated to December 1. Gough said: “All I am doing is dressing how I want to dress and believing what I want to believe.

“There is no law saying thou shalt not go naked.”

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