Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wacko # 2: Put Stephen Gough in Jail

Rambler held over mid-air strip

Stephen Gough has been arrested numerous times
Naked rambler Stephen Gough has been arrested at Edinburgh Airport after staging a strip during a flight.
The former marine had been travelling to an appeal court appearance to challenge a contempt of court ruling.

However, the 47-year-old failed to make it into the dock after he was stopped by police at 0900 BST on Thursday.

Airline Flybe said Gough boarded the 0645 BST flight fully clothed but he later emerged naked from the toilets and refused to get dressed again.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Police said officers were alerted to the strip on the flight from Southampton shortly before 0800 BST.

She said: "He refused to get dressed when he was on the plane, so he was arrested when he came off the flight."

Breach of the peace

A Flybe spokesman said cabin crew asked him to get dressed in the interests of fellow passengers but the naturist refused.

Gough, from Eastleigh, Hants, is likely to be charged by officers with breach of the peace.

He is being held in police custody ahead of his expected court appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday.

Gough completed his second nude walk from one end of Britain to another in February.

Sheriffs in Edinburgh have found him in contempt on four separate occasions for refusing to cover up for court.

His appeal against those decisions was due to be heard by a panel of three High Court judges on Thursday.


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