Hampshire & Isle of Wight

'Naked rambler' Stephen Gough's European appeal rejected

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Image caption Ex-Royal Marine Stephen Gough has spent most of the past eight years in jail

A man known as the "naked rambler" has had his final appeal to be naked in public rejected by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Ex-Royal Marine Stephen Gough, had argued his repeated imprisonment breached his human rights.

Gough, 55, from Eastleigh, Hampshire was refused permission to appeal to the ECHR's highest Grand Chamber.

He first gained notoriety in 2003 when he walked naked from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Last October, he was jailed for two-and-a-half years by a judge at Winchester Crown Court of breaching an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo), involving walking out of the city's prison wearing only his boots and socks.

He had previously argued there was nothing intimidating about him appearing "in his natural human state", and had served a previous jail term for the same breach.

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