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Conclusion – The End of the Road

EXCLUSIVE By KENNY ANGOVE

Published: 10th October 2012

‘Strolling starkers is worth £½m bill’

DEFIANT Stephen Gough last night insisted the £500,000 bill for his naked antics has been worth every penny.

The Naked Rambler said he hopes he has been an inspiration to fans who have followed his hikes across the country in the buff.

Last night he vowed: “If Scotland and its society becomes even one bit freer because of my actions then it’s money well spent.”

The Scottish Sun told how Gough had cost taxpayers more than half a million pounds after being in jail for six years for refusing to wear clothes in public, court or prison.

He has notched up 18 convictions since he hit the headlines in 2003 as he walked from Land’s End to John O’Groats without a stitch on.

It costs around £35,000 a year to keep the average prisoner — but Gough has spent most of his time behind bars in segregation, which is more expensive.

The total bill is also made up of legal aid, court costs and wasted police time.

A spokesman for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said last night: “Whatever side of the border he is on, his refusal to comply with the law of the land is costing taxpayers a huge amount of money.

“This has been a long-running debacle.

“We can’t have this bill continuing at a time when every penny counts.”