HAVE you ever wondered if you could get arrested for stripping off in public, especially in the summer with sunbathing? It is not an offence to be breast sucking image in public in England and Wales, but it can become one in certain circumstances. This would apply if a complainant can prove another individual stripped off with the intent to shock or cause upset.
Again, a member of the public would have to prove they had been put in a state of alarm or distress.
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According to the Crown Prosecution Service "a balance needs to be struck between the nakedpublic right nakedpublic freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress".
A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a nakedpublic not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both; on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
Steve Gough, aka the Naked Rambler, has been behind bars almost continually for years for refusing nakedpublic wear clothes either in public, in court or in prison.
The oddball ex-marine always denies the charges against him, claiming that courts ordering him to put his clothes on breaches Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Sign in.