Nude rambler won't dress despite latest prison term

THE naked rambler says he will continue refusing to wear clothes despite his seventh conviction for breach of the peace.

Stephen Gough was handed a seven-month sentence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday for walking out of Saughton prison in the nude and breaching his bail.

Despite his return to jail, the 47-year-old claims he will not cover up while in the Capital.

Gough embarked on a campaign to question society's attitudes towards the human body three years ago. This involved a naked 900-mile hike from Land's End to John O' Groats.

As Edinburgh is the only place in the trek he was arrested, Gough is intent on remaining naked every time he visits the city until he is left alone by the authorities.

His lawyer, John Good, told the court: "We are developing our attitudes to this all the time. Maybe with global warming on the agenda we will all join Mr Gough in his pursuit one day."

When asked by Sheriff Kenneth McIntyre how long Gough aimed to keep up his campaign, Mr Good answered: "He is very dogmatic and says he will not desist."

However, Sheriff McIntyre said: "There is a time and a place for this, maybe at home in a secluded garden or a nudist colony."

Gough, from the south of England, was arrested on July 19, having just completed a previous three-month sentence.

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