Stephen Gough, 53, was released from prison just 20 days ago, where he served five months for walking around publicly naked. The BBC
reported Gough "was not wearing clothes as he left Saughton Prison."
Since his release from prison Gough has rambled across Scotland and England for 220 miles. Gough was only rearrested when a member of the public complained about his lack of attire.
According to an interview Gough gave to the Guardian
, he has spent most of the last six years in custody for refusing to wear clothes: indeed, he turned up naked in the prison to meet the reporter. He has even defiantly appeared in court naked. Cold weather is no deterrent to his conviction that he has the right to ramble round in the nude. His personal convictions have resulted in 18 convictions and prison stays.
Explaining his reasons for his commitment to behaviour which tends to result in his arrest Gough said they stemmed from an epiphany when he realised "that at a fundamental level I'm good, we're all good, and you can trust that one part of yourself." He understood if he was good, his body was good, thus it was rational to be naked as "the human body isn't offensive."
Following Gough's arrest in Hebden Bridge the Daily Mail
reported he said:
"I do this because I want to. I don’t know why the police and authorities have such a problem with it. I’m not hurting anybody. I want my freedom. But that’s the way it works for people who fight for their freedom, they get locked up for it. But I will continue to fight for freedom."