Naked man arrested on his way to Eastleigh

Stephen Gough - the Naked Rambler

Stephen Gough - the Naked Rambler



Eastleigh’s most famous naked person, Stephen Gough aka ‘the Naked Rambler’ has been re-arrested while trying to make his back to the town to see his children following his latest release from prison on Tuesday.

Mr Gough a 53 year-old ex Royal Marine prefers not to wear clothes and advocates naturism as lifestyle choice.

Famously, he w alked from Land’s End to John O’Groats without clothing in 2003.

He repeated the trip in 2005 but while on a flight from Southampton Airport to Edinburgh to answer breach of peace charges collected during his marathon walk, he stripped off and was subsequently jailed.

Since then the former Chamberlayne Road resident has refused to wear clothes either in court or in prison and has spent the last six years in and out of jail in Scotland – the majority of the time in solitary confinement.

He was released from prison in Perth on Tuesday and set off, naked for Eastleigh but only got as far as Fife where he was arrested again yesterday (Friday July 20) on charges of breaching the peace  following a complaint to the Police from a member of the public.

Speaking to the BBC shortly before his arrest on Friday Mr Gough said:

“Society is supposed to believe in tolerance and freedom but you can’t have freedom unless you have tolerance”

Mr Gough is due to appear back in court at Perth on Monday.

On his last appearance there in 2010 he was warned he could face the rest of his life behind bars if he continued to refuse to wear clothes.

Photo: nakedwalk.org

 

  7 comments for “Naked man arrested on his way to Eastleigh

  1. Peter Stewart
    July 22, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Some choice the Scottish Courts are giving him: A life behind bars if he leaves the clothes behind or a life behind clothes if he leaves the bars behind. He should take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Everyone is naked but most people pretend they are not.

  2. July 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Agree with this man or not, but you have to commend him on his conviction. Forgive the pun.!! How many people in Eastleigh are prepared to stand up for what they believe in to the extend that it could result in prison time? Not many I can tell you. We need more people like Stephen in the Borough who are prepared to stand up and be counted. You have to admire his balls.!! Not that I have seen them you understand.

  3. The man is a half wit
    July 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    He should wise up. As for the first comment about going to the ECHR… Well my lifestyle choice is to sit outside Eastleigh primary schools with a long camera lens and take photos of kids playing. It might be illegal, but it’s my lifestyle choice and nobody is going to take it away from me.

    Wise up people.

  4. July 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    He should wise up. As for the first comment about going to the ECHR… Well my lifestyle choice is to sit outside Eastleigh primary schools with a long camera lens and take photos of kids playing.It might be illegal, but it’s my lifestyle choice and nobody is going to take it away from me.

    Wise up people.

    Hey Half Wit.

    Sitting outside schools with a long lens camera is not illegal in this country. Nor is taking pictures of children a crime.!!

    Your lack of understanding of our laws goes hand in hand with your lack of understanding of the bigger issue here.

    Matthew Myatt

  5. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    July 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Radio Solent producer Lewis Coombs tweeted that in The Sun coverage of this story they described Eastleigh as a ‘Posh Hampshire Town’

    Linky here

  6. Peter Stewart
    July 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

    What’s wrong with taking this to the ECHR? Steve Gough is being discriminated against. In some European countries he would not be. I reiterate: Everyone is naked but most pretend they are not. Here’s a question for you: Is it a human right to wear different clothes, or fewer clothes, or no clothes? Well done Steve Gough for testing people’s perceptions!

  7. July 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Radio Solent producer Lewis Coombs tweeted that in The Sun coverage of this story they described Eastleigh as a ‘Posh Hampshire Town’

    Linky here

    Clearly never been here.!!

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