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Last Updated: Monday, 15 August 2005, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Case dropped against nude walkers
Stephen Gough
Stephen Gough is a campaigner for the right to be naked in public
Three ramblers who were arrested as they walked naked through Shropshire have had the case against them dropped.

Stephen Gough, Melanie Roberts, both of Bournemouth, and Jeffrey Woodhouse were detained in Wem on 17 July after a member of the public called the police.

Magistrates in Shrewsbury had to hear the case against the two men in the cells when they refused to get dressed.

Prosecutors dropped a breach of the peace charge against the trio, who are walking the length of Britain nude.

Challenging attitudes

The trio had been due to appear at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court on Monday but the Crown Prosecution Service chose not to proceed with the charge.

The three were trying to walk 887 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats unclothed when they were arrested.

Mr Gough, 46, was detained 14 times and served two jail sentences during an earlier naked trek from Land's End to John O'Groats in 2003 and 2004, when he was based in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

He is staging the latest walk with 33-year-old girlfriend Ms Roberts and their friend Mr Woodhouse to continue to challenge attitudes towards public nudity.

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