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Last Updated: Friday, 15 August, 2003, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Naked rambler arrested again
Steve Gough spent the day shopping in Carlisle
Steve Gough is protesting about attitudes to nakedness
A rambler's attempt to walk naked from Lands End to John O'Groats has been halted again after he was arrested and spent the night in a police cell in Perthshire.

Steve Gough made a rare, fully clothed appearance at Perth Sheriff Court on Friday and will have to return in December for a trial.

The 44-year-old, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, was reported by a female motorist and picked up by police near Blair Atholl.

When he appeared in court, the bearded rambler denied breaching the peace by walking naked on a public road.

'Antiquated attitudes'

As he left the court, Mr Gough vowed to carry on his naked trip, estimating that he would reach John O'Groats, on the northern tip of the Scottish mainland, in eight days.

He said that it would take longer if he continued to be interrupted by police.

Mr Gough set off from Land's End, commonly thought to England's most southerly point, in June for the 847-mile walk.

The trip is a protest against what he sees as antiquated attitudes towards nakedness.

He has already been arrested more than a dozen times.

Soon after his arrival in Scotland on 20 July he spent a night in the cells at Duns before being released without charge.

'Not an exhibitionist'

On 31 July, he was arrested at Selkirk and sent to a psychiatric hospital, before being pronounced sane and released.

Four days later he was arrested north of Selkirk, after police realised he had failed to answer bail at a court in Cornwall.

Cornish police made a 1,400-mile round trip to escort him back.

Mr Gough then returned to Scotland to pick up his trip.

On Sunday, he was arrested while crossing the Forth Bridge after complaints from members of the public.

Mr Gough claims that he is a "normal guy" not an exhibitionist, a naturist or a nudist.

He says that there is nothing indecent about the naked body so there is no reason why he should be arrested.




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