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Man was spotted riding around Devizes last Tuesday

Police in Wiltshire have asked asked anyone who saw a man cycling round Devizes wearing nothing other than a tartan cap and rucksack to get in touch.

The man, described as aged in his late 20s or early 30s, was spotted riding along Quakers Walk from the direction of Roundway Gardens between 4.50 and 5.20pm last Tuesday 13 June.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: “Whilst we understand that temperatures this week have been high, it is obviously not acceptable to remove all clothing whilst in a public place as this constitutes the offence of ‘outraging public decency’.

“Devizes Community Policing team are currently investigating this incident and would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this male in the Devizes area.

“Please contact the police non-emergency number on 101, quoting reference number 54170052961, alternatively you can report anonymously by calling Crimestoppers 0800 555 111, where details may be left, if you prefer.”

Despite the witness appeal, it’s possible the man may not have been committing an offence at all.

As the organisers of the World Naked Bike Ride in London last weekend pointed out, “contrary to popular belief, since the Sexual Offences Act 2003, in England nakedness is not illegal unless you are doing it intending to alarm or distress someone.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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grayvelo [34 posts] 2 months ago
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I guess you could say he was left to his own Devizes. smiley

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ktache [565 posts] 2 months ago
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As I understand it, it's is quite a grey area, though probably not for someone this young.

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Mungecrundle [803 posts] 2 months ago
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Tartan caps are an abomination, but I will support anyones rights and freedom to wear one.

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Man of Lard [332 posts] 2 months ago
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I understood it is only an offence to be naked in public if someone is offended? (Mind you the person that is outraged about it probably had to put Page 3 of the Sun down to be outraged)

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Valbrona [193 posts] 2 months ago
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The police really are a bunch of donkeys wasting their time like this.

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Grahamd [545 posts] 2 months ago
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Do you think the police would double their effort if it was a naked woman?

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cyclisto [223 posts] 2 months ago
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So if I send the police a video of that rider getting out of his home naked with a full face helmet and his bike, together with a placemark, I guess the police will not be able to do nothing as they wouldn't be able to identify the offender due to the helmet. Or at least that is what happens with close passes...

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brooksby [2401 posts] 2 months ago
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cyclisto wrote:

So if I send the police a video of that rider getting out of his home naked with a full face helmet and his bike, together with a placemark, I guess the police will not be able to do nothing as they wouldn't be able to identify the offender due to the helmet. Or at least that is what happens with close passes...

Yup:apparently there has to be an independent witness.

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don simon [1164 posts] 2 months ago
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Dear Wiltshire Police,

Have you really got the resources to piss around on something like this?

Yours faithfully,

A taxpayer.

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brooksby [2401 posts] 2 months ago
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Man of Lard wrote:

I understood it is only an offence to be naked in public if someone is offended? (Mind you the person that is outraged about it probably had to put Page 3 of the Sun down to be outraged)

Exactly: it's only an offence if (1) someone complains, and (2) you intend to cause offence.

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Trekpro [144 posts] 2 months ago
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Apparently he did have a small sporran, even though it was a warm day....

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fretters [53 posts] 2 months ago
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FFS. Really?

all the stuff that appears on this site (and others) pertaining to cyclists being nearly or actually killed and the police do sweet FA even with video evidence. Now some  guy decides to do go cycling naked and there's an effin police appeal about it.  

all that guy needs to do is tell dibble that he was nearly twatted by some tit in a car and they'll suddenly not give a shit

have they really got nothing else to do? Like catch bloody criminals?

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brooksby [2401 posts] 2 months ago
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Thinking about it, I'm sure there's been a story about a naked cyclist in Devizes on here once before; I wonder if it was the same person?

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Wayne Travers [5 posts] 2 months ago
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Sun's out nob out, thats my motto! yes

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maviczap [56 posts] 2 months ago
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Donald where's uuuur truuuuuuusers 

And your t shirt, vest, socks and pants.

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Velovoyeur [24 posts] 2 months ago
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Imagine that the naked cyclist had a near miss incident with a car and reported it.  That would confuse the police investigating who has committed a crime?

Seemingly, they would go for the one that gets most column inches (fnar, fnar) 

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Al__S [1227 posts] 2 months ago
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Wiltshire police are definitely wrong; in England and Wales they must prove that public nudity is intended to offend for it to be a crime. In Scotland, it only needs someone to be offended, and apparently cops are very senstive souls.

Sounds like the Wolrd Naked Bike Ride lot need to send a crack squad to Devizes

ahem.

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Yorkshire wallet [1252 posts] 2 months ago
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Sure wearing a tartan cap is outraging public decency? I wouldn't want my child exposed to something like that.

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PaulBox [665 posts] 2 months ago
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cyclisto wrote:

So if I send the police a video of that rider getting out of his home naked with a full face helmet and his bike, together with a placemark, I guess the police will not be able to do nothing as they wouldn't be able to identify the offender due to the helmet. Or at least that is what happens with close passes...

 

Which helmet?

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thnurg [10 posts] 2 months ago
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ktache wrote:

As I understand it, it's is quite a grey area, though probably not for someone this young.

 I hope he sees a doctor soon then.

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ant8 [3 posts] 2 months ago
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Missing person. Biker who took part in the london naked bike ride has not returned home. Family are extremely worried. Last seen in Devizes. Mid 30's wearing nothing but a tartan cap.

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BehindTheBikesheds [506 posts] 2 months ago
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Define 'offensive', it's massively subjective, I'm offended by what many people wear, i don't go spragging to the police that I'm outraged over what someone is or is not wearing though. The police should mind their own business and deal with issues that are actually harming people.

the 'Naked Rambler' Stephen Gough was arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned many times in Scotland (probably in England too) and he eventually went to the court of human rights in Strasbourg. they then basically said he couldn't walk around with no clothes on, so will continue to be arrested and spend time in prison.

It's an absolute nonsense that nakedness is seen as sexual or a perversion/offensive, that always says to me it's the person/s making that correlation have the problem!