Nudists brand police ‘outrageous’

A NATURIST group has branded Suffolk police ‘outrageous’ after accusing an alleged naked cyclist of ‘outraging public decency’.

A man, who has not been named, has been reported to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by police after a cyclist rode naked through Acton near Sudbury.

The man, who has not been charged or arrested, could now face criminal prosecution if the case proceeds.

Malcolm Boura, a volunteer with the British Naturism organisation, said the charge was ‘outrageous’.

“Threatening ‘outrageous public decency’ is an outrageous abuse of the law,” he said. “It is a completely inappropriate charge.”

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Police launched an investigation after villagers saw a naked man riding a bike along Waldingfield Road, on Monday, June 7.

Organisers carrying out a speed trap in Acton around 2.45pm were stunned to see the nude biker riding by.

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A spokeswoman for the CPS said yesterday the case was still being processed an no decision has yet been made as whether to proceed with prosecution.

But Mr Boura said: “One of the problems we face as naturists is that the law in this area is, in general, poorly understood.

“Many people, police included, make false assumptions.

“It is quite likely the cyclist was guilty of an offence but not the one stated.”

British Naturism is a national organisation which works to make social nudity more acceptable around the World.

Mr Boura invited the alleged cyclist to contact his organisation as it is a specialist area of the law.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said it would be inappropriate to comment on the case as it had been passed to the CPS.

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