Naked Rambler Stephen Gough has walked free from prison after six years locked up for refusing to wear clothes.
The 53-year-old said he was looking forward to seeing his children for the first time in years.
A naked Mr Gough was spoken to by police as he was freed from Perth Prison, but was allowed to go on his way in an apparent shift in policy from Tayside Police.
On his previous releases, officers re-arrested him within 60 seconds.
Former marine Mr Gough, from Eastleigh in Hampshire, first earned the nickname The Naked Rambler by walking unclothed from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2003, after quitting his job as a lorry driver.
He has been in prison in Scotland since his second naked ramble in 2006 and has been previously been arrested in the street outside Perth Prison at the end of each sentence.
Mr Gough welcomed the new police response: “My opinion is that the police have thought ‘the guy’s not going to give up so let’s have a think about it’.
“Something has changed and it is good news for me.
“What they were doing before was pre-empting complaints and now they are not.”
Mr Gough said he now plans to head south and hoped to see his children…
– BBC News
And if you thought the Scottish police were [email protected], wait until you meet social services, mate!
Oh, and in case readers thought I was joking about the Olympics. Strathcylde Police in Glasgow have already been called up over the G4S debacle.
UPDATE 21/07/12: And in case you thought six years in the slot had encouraged Mr Gough to think again and change his ways, he’s just been arrested AGAIN in Fife this time!