Naked Penketh cyclist defended by British Naturism
NATURISTS have defended a man who was seen riding a bike naked in Penketh – claiming the cyclist had committed no crime.
Residents reported a male cycle with no clothes on near to Fiddlers Ferry Boat Yard and Penketh Mount on Sunday afternoon.
Cheshire Police confirmed that it was investigating these reports.
But British Naturism – a members organisation which promotes naturism in the UK – believes that the man was acting innocently.
It cited the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which states that naturists are free to roam in the nude as long as no malice is intended.
Andrew Welch of British Naturism said that its members were ‘horrified’ to hear the news that the cyclist had been reported to the police.
He said: “It’s an important point and it frustrates us.
“I think that there is a presumption that a naked man must be up to something, when in fact the law is now incredibly clear.
“There is no action needed unless a crime is being committed.
“Naturism – taking your clothes off specifically because you want to sunbathe or feel the air on your skin – was named as an exclusion from the Sexual Offences Act.
“A naturist just doing his or her normal thing is not committing any kind of crime.
“It doesn’t have to be behind closed doors or in a designated area – anybody can take their clothes off and be a human being without committing a crime, unless they absolutely set out to offend someone.” Continued…Read full original article…
Source: Warrington Guardian
Original publication 26th February 2019
Posted on NatCorn 3rd March 2019