Naked rambler freed to continue nude crusade - and is heading for North-East

HEADING TO THE NORTH-EAST: Naked Rambler Stephen Gough sets off near Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders, on his way to England after his release from prison in Scotland

HEADING TO THE NORTH-EAST: Naked Rambler Stephen Gough sets off near Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders, on his way to England after his release from prison in Scotland

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Chief Reporter

POLICE say they will exercise discretion in their dealings with the man known as the Naked Rambler.

Stephen Gough is expected to arrive in the North-East later this week when he crosses the border from Scotland on his way to see his family in Hampshire.

Last month, the 53-year-old was jailed for five months for a breach of the peace after he told a court he would not cooperate with social workers tasked with assessing his mental health.

He was released early from Saughton prison, in Edinburgh, on Friday and started his walk south.

Northumbria and Durham police said yesterday that the circumstances would dictate what – if any – action would be taken by officers.

North Yorkshire Police said nakedness itself was not a criminal offence.

A spokesman added: “We are prepared to exercise discretion as we do each year during the naked bike ride in York. However, where we have suspicion that a breach of the peace has or may occur, we will take appropriate action to address public concern.”

Mr Gough was last in the region in 2005 during a hike from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

He was arrested in the Yorkshire Dales after complaints were received from people living in Gargrave, near Hawes.

He refused to wear clothes when he appeared before Harrogate magistrates, but was later taken back to Gargrave and allowed to continue on his journey.

The former marine then spent a night at the Tan Hill Inn, in Arkengarthdale, when he and his two travelling companions were offered free accommodation.

A spokesman for the pub confirmed last night that Mr Gough would be welcome back if he passed by.

The rambler has spent much of the past six years in prison for breach of the peace offences and was convicted of the charge last month after walking unclothed near a children’s play park in Dunfermline, Fife.

After his release last week, Lothian and Borders Police said they were willing to exercise discretion in his case if circumstances permitted.

He has been walking about 15 miles each day since his release and is being accompanied by a documentary film crew.

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9:23am Tue 9 Oct 12

Insel_Affen says...

It begs the question....What the hell is in his bergen?
It begs the question....What the hell is in his bergen? Insel_Affen
  • Score: 3

9:31am Tue 9 Oct 12

thehogman says...

Not sure this guy is doing anything wrong...he's not abusing anyone and is not offering up any sexual content by his lack of attire; if he was running around flashing his todger in a offensive manner to little girls and old biddies I would consider it odd; but he’s not, let him get on with it; anyway with this cold spell coming on what will there be to offend anyone??
Not sure this guy is doing anything wrong...he's not abusing anyone and is not offering up any sexual content by his lack of attire; if he was running around flashing his todger in a offensive manner to little girls and old biddies I would consider it odd; but he’s not, let him get on with it; anyway with this cold spell coming on what will there be to offend anyone?? thehogman
  • Score: 16

9:31am Tue 9 Oct 12

thehogman says...

Not sure this guy is doing anything wrong...he's not abusing anyone and is not offering up any sexual content by his lack of attire; if he was running around flashing his todger in a offensive manner to little girls and old biddies I would consider it odd; but he’s not, let him get on with it; anyway with this cold spell coming on what will there be to offend anyone??
Not sure this guy is doing anything wrong...he's not abusing anyone and is not offering up any sexual content by his lack of attire; if he was running around flashing his todger in a offensive manner to little girls and old biddies I would consider it odd; but he’s not, let him get on with it; anyway with this cold spell coming on what will there be to offend anyone?? thehogman
  • Score: 8

10:17pm Tue 9 Oct 12

naturalmike says...

I rec a brill 3page letter from Steve few wks ago while he was on remand, he is no nutter, totally sensible and logical that the human body is not shameful and that non-sexual nudity is not illegal. He has served his country in the Marines so is a hardy individual and has a lot of supporters see facebook http://www.facebook.
com/groups/freesteph
engough/ (incl me!) so let him go on his way, he is totally harmless, too many ppl confuse nudity with sex -where there is no connection and nudity is legal!
I rec a brill 3page letter from Steve few wks ago while he was on remand, he is no nutter, totally sensible and logical that the human body is not shameful and that non-sexual nudity is not illegal. He has served his country in the Marines so is a hardy individual and has a lot of supporters see facebook http://www.facebook. com/groups/freesteph engough/ (incl me!) so let him go on his way, he is totally harmless, too many ppl confuse nudity with sex -where there is no connection and nudity is legal! naturalmike
  • Score: 2

7:37am Wed 10 Oct 12

johnny_p says...

Only in puritanical Britain would this be news! I doubt he'd be arrested anywhere else in Europe?
Only in puritanical Britain would this be news! I doubt he'd be arrested anywhere else in Europe? johnny_p
  • Score: 1

10:46am Wed 10 Oct 12

the-big-yin says...

good on this fella...he should be allowed to keep doing these walks...
he is not hurting anyone..if narrow minded people want to complain then the police should be more sensible as he is not commiting any crimes....as for him getting locked up the magistrates who locked him up should lose their jobs....
STEPHEN GOUGH YOU KEEP THE BRITISH END UP!!!!!!!
good on this fella...he should be allowed to keep doing these walks... he is not hurting anyone..if narrow minded people want to complain then the police should be more sensible as he is not commiting any crimes....as for him getting locked up the magistrates who locked him up should lose their jobs.... STEPHEN GOUGH YOU KEEP THE BRITISH END UP!!!!!!! the-big-yin
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Stabvest says...

johnny_p wrote:
Only in puritanical Britain would this be news! I doubt he'd be arrested anywhere else in Europe?
I live in Sweden. If he behaved like this here, his feet wouldn't touch the ground. He would be locked up. Saying this sort of behaviour is widely acceptable elsewhere in Europe is based on ignorance of the reality.
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Only in puritanical Britain would this be news! I doubt he'd be arrested anywhere else in Europe?[/p][/quote]I live in Sweden. If he behaved like this here, his feet wouldn't touch the ground. He would be locked up. Saying this sort of behaviour is widely acceptable elsewhere in Europe is based on ignorance of the reality. Stabvest
  • Score: 0

5:42pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Stabvest says...

johnny_p wrote:
Only in puritanical Britain would this be news! I doubt he'd be arrested anywhere else in Europe?
I live in Sweden. If he behaved like this here, his feet wouldn't touch the ground. He would be locked up. Saying this sort of behaviour is widely acceptable elsewhere in Europe is based on ignorance of the reality.
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Only in puritanical Britain would this be news! I doubt he'd be arrested anywhere else in Europe?[/p][/quote]I live in Sweden. If he behaved like this here, his feet wouldn't touch the ground. He would be locked up. Saying this sort of behaviour is widely acceptable elsewhere in Europe is based on ignorance of the reality. Stabvest
  • Score: 0

9:14pm Thu 11 Oct 12

naturalmike says...

Steve has been resting up but will be on the go again tomorrow(fri) get all the latest news at http://www.facebook.
com/groups/freesteph
engough/ let him complete his walk back home, it's getting colder so he will be walking quicker! Take care Steve.
Steve has been resting up but will be on the go again tomorrow(fri) get all the latest news at http://www.facebook. com/groups/freesteph engough/ let him complete his walk back home, it's getting colder so he will be walking quicker! Take care Steve. naturalmike
  • Score: 0

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