'Naked rambler' arrested for nudity, again

2013-03-04T07:19:00Z 'Naked rambler' arrested for nudity, again The Quad-City Times
March 04, 2013 7:19 am

LONDON  — A British man who has spent most of the past decade naked — and in jail — was back behind bars Friday after defying an order to cover up.

Stephen Gough, known as the “Naked Rambler,” was arrested Thursday as he left a court in Southampton, southern England, wearing only boots, socks and a knapsack.

A judge had just imposed an order that he must “wear sufficient clothing in public to at least cover his genitalia and buttocks.“

The 54-year-old former Royal Marine appeared at the same court Friday, and was ordered detained until a hearing on March 25.

Since 2003 Gough has completed two naked walks the length of Britain, with frequent interruptions for arrests, court appearances and jail time.

Prosecution lawyer Roger Trencher said Friday that Gough “has caused much offense nationwide and he has used a considerable amount of police time in England, Wales and Scotland.“

Gough has said he believes nudity is a human right. Defense lawyer Jeffrey Norie-Mille told the court that Gough “believes it is his right not to wear clothes and go about his normal activities in that state of undress.“

There is no law in Britain against public nudity. However, there are laws against indecent exposure or behavior likely to cause “harassment, alarm or distress.“

Gough has served multiple sentences for appearing nude in public places including courts and an airplane.

He could face up to five years in jail for breaching the no-nudity command, known as an Anti-Social Behavior Order.

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Bad ’Fresh Prince’ rap triggers Pa. lockdown

AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) — Now this is a story all about how a high school student’s life got turned upside down. But it was all just a bad rap.

The teen’s voicemail greeting triggered a lockdown at his Pennsylvania school after a receptionist misheard his rendition of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song.

While trying to confirm an appointment with 19-year-old Travis Clawson the receptionist thought the message said “shooting people outside of the school.” The line is actually “shooting some b-ball,” a reference to basketball.

The receptionist called 911 and Economy police arrested Clawson a short time later at Ambridge Area High School, but released him once he explained the message.

Acting police Chief James Mann says police acted “appropriately” out of concern for students’ welfare.

Clawson’s family has contacted an attorney.

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