Naked ram­bler loses Hu­man Rights bat­tle

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A MAN known as the Naked Ram­bler has lost his case at the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights where he claimed he had a right to be nude in pub­lic.

For­mer marine Stephen Gough, 54, from Eastleigh, Hamps, had al­leged that his re­peated ar­rest, pros­e­cu­tion, con­vic­tion and im­pris­on­ment for be­ing naked in pub­lic and his treat­ment in de­ten­tion vi­o­lated his rights.

But the court found there had been no vi­o­la­tion of Ar­ti­cles 8 and 10 of the Con­ven­tion.

Gough has walked naked tall over the UK – from John O’Groats to Land’s End – and is a cam­paigner for his right to ap­pear nude in pub­lic, even though his ac­tions have of­ten landed him in prison.

He spent a to­tal of five years and three months in de­ten­tion from May 2006 to July 2011 when his ar­rest for breach­ing the peace sparked the most re­cent case be­fore the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights in Stras­bourg.

THE in­ven­tor of the tele­phone, Sir Alexan­der Gra­ham

Bell, never rang his wife or mother – be­cause they were both DEAF.

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