Naked rambler loses Human Rights battle
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.
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