STEPHEN Gough, the man known as the Naked Rambler, may be planning a return to Scotland in a bid for ‘freedom’ - despite serving six years in prison north of the border.
• Stephen Gough considers return to Scotland in order to avoid falling foul of Asbo
• Naked Rambler spent six years in Scottish prisons for refusing to wear clothes in public
The ex-Marine has been issued with an Asbo that bans him from being naked in public in England and Wales.
But the 54-year-old said: “The Asbo doesn’t cover Scotland. Could be, if it wasn’t revoked down here, I’d be freer there.
“Albeit I’d probably get arrested pretty sharpish, at least I’d get a trial.”
Politicians have called Gough’s potential return to Scotland a blow to taxpayers, with one politician calling his decision to walk naked “a laborious stunt.”
Gough accumulated 18 convictions while last in Scotland, with around £500,000 spent on his incarceration and legal fees.
Scottish Tory chief whip John Lamont said: “The last thing taxpayers want is a return to this nonsense.
“The saga may have a funny side to it, but the fact is it’s costing hundreds of thousands of pounds at a time when it can be least afforded.”