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Naked cyclist wins appeal

PUBLISHED: 20:59 09 August 2011 | UPDATED: 23:28 09 August 2011

Alexander Purser

Alexander Purser

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A CYCLIST who rode around a Suffolk village wearing only a pair of trainers and glasses has had his conviction overturned.

Alexander Purser, 23, was convicted of using threatening, insulting or disorderly behaviour, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress after a day-long trial at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court, in June.

But he successfully appealed his conviction at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

Speaking after the hearing Mr Purser, of Vicarage Lane, Acton, said he wanted to set the record straight. “I was originally convicted of using disorderly behaviour, not threatening behaviour as previously reported,” he added.

“I have now been found innocent on appeal.

“It is a shame that so much time and public money has been wasted.”

At the magistrates’ hearing on June 26, he denied causing alarm or distress and claimed he had ridden naked around Acton, near Sudbury, on June 7 last year because he thought it would be “very funny”.

The court heard Mr Purser had been driving along Waldingfield Road in the village when he spotted a community speed watch group in a lay-by. He then went home, stripped off his clothes and travelled back towards the group on a bicycle because he wanted to see if he could reach 30mph on his bike while going through the speed trap.

The court was told police received a number of 999 calls from concerned members of the public who feared children at the nearby Acton Primary School might see the naked man.

Officers visited Mr Purser at his home on August 25 last year where he admitted he had been the cyclist riding naked through the village.

A spokesman from Ipswich Crown Court confirmed Mr Purser had won his appeal and his 18-month conditional discharge had been overturned.


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