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My close encounter with the naked cyclist

06:00 10 June 2010

The naked rider investigation continues

The naked rider investigation continues

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A CYCLIST who rode naked through a peaceful Suffolk village might have been making a protest about speed checks, it emerged last night.

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The naked cyclist - a slim white man in his 20s - was spotted in Waldingfield Road, Acton, near Sudbury, between 2.45pm and 2.55pm on Monday.

An investigation into the incident has been launched by police.

The rider’s motive for cycling in the nude through the village remains unclear - though some in the village believe he might have been protesting about speed checks recently introduced in the area as part of a community Speed Watch project.

Vince Humphries, Speed Watch member and parish councillor in neighbouring Great Waldingfield, told how they first noticed a 4x4 pass by very slowly with a canoe on the back. About 10 minutes later a man on a bike came riding by without any clothes on.

“I thought ‘crikey, is he naked?’,” Mr Humphries said. “As he came towards us one of my colleagues asked whether the chap was naked. We then said ‘bloody hell, he is naked’.

“As soon as he saw us he was peddling like mad. I think he might have thought our radar gun was a camera because when he got closer he sped up.

“It made us laugh. We - three men and a lady - thought it was a prank. I thought he may be the same person as the 4x4 driver because both guys had dark hair.”

The speed of the rider remains unknown because the team decided not to zap him with their radar gun because it emits a small amount of radiation.

Jenny Antill, Babergh District Council’s member for Acton, said: “We don’t have this sort of thing in Acton. People like the Speed Watch, it is low key and the aim is to deter people from speeding rather than to punish them.”

A police spokeswoman said it remained unclear whether the car driver - whose dark 4x4 had a canoe on the roof - was the naked cyclist or not.

She urged the driver, or anybody who knows who he is, to come forward to speak with the police.

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10 comments

  • In the interest of completing this news story we need to know about the cycle. Was it a big Raleigh Chopper or a small one?

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    Darren Norton

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • "We don’t have this sort of thing in Acton" 
 
Thats it then - case closed.

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    Sam

    Friday, June 11, 2010

  • Much ado about nothing, must be a short news week. Perhaps he was on his way to do some canoedling

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • "We then said ‘bloody hell, he is naked’." 
 
Oh, I'm shocked. What dreadful language. Call the Police somebody, I'm grossly offended.

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    Malcolm Bell

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • Come on, grow up, if a man wants to peddle his metal naked then that should be cool..

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    MattMarvell

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • I hope he was wearing his helmet!

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    kazzabee

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • Are you sure it was a canoe, or was he just pleased to see them?

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    P Pod

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • "She urged the driver, or anybody who knows who he is, to come forward to speak with the police." For heavens sake, it's hardly the crime of the century !! It is obviously some prank and should be treated as such. I just hope he was wearing cycle clips !!!!

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    dean james

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • I saw him and he wasnt wearing his helmet!

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    di57

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • outraging public decency thats what the police are calling it but this story clearly tells how the people who saw him said It made us laugh. We - three men and a lady... yes its a crime but yes its dam funny too bet most people had a laugh reading about it oh but i guess in the police's intrest he was on something that had wheels and went on the road so slam the highest penalty u can there a road user so therefore an easy target.......... need say more dont think so

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    skragamuffin

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

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