A trip to the beach is on everyone’s bucket list this summer as Brits plan a UK holiday.
However, a number of beaches are only for the brave – with more than 40 listed as nudist beaches.
According to UK laws, it is not an offence to be naked in public – but becomes one if the person strips off with the intention to “upset or shock”.
This is the case for England and Wales – Scottish law just has the common law offence of “offending public decency”.
The Crown Prosecution Service states: “In the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress.
“In this case such conduct should be regarded as at most amounting to an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986; and regard needs to be had to the question of whether a prosecution is in the public interest.”
Despite this, it is best to stick to designated nudist beaches to avoid offending beachgoers, as many with young kids may feel uncomfortable.
Original publication 8 April, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 5 weeks ago
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