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Naked Coventry Protestors Show Court Solidarity

A Coventry nudity campaigner has performed a chilly strip outside a London court in support of his colleague Vincent Bethell.

Richard Chaffer, aged 24, an artist from Coventry was part of a group of three outside Southwark Crown Court.

The campaigners waved placards with the words "Skin", "Naked criminal", and "How we look". They paraded in the cold weather for several minutes.

Bethell, aged 28, was naked in the dock while legal arguments concerning his case were carried out. He has been held in solitary confinement while on remand because of his refusal to wear clothes in prison.

Fellow protestor Mr Chaffer braved the biting wind to launch his protest.

He said:

“We are trying to highlight the fact that someone has been imprisoned merely for having a body."

"What we all have in common is a human skin and we are trying to change the public perception of the human body, trying to create a better society for people."

A colleague from Bedfordshire agreed, while a third protestor, who also comes from Coventry wore a scarf around his face to remain anonymous.

Bethell, of Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry, denies one charge of causing a public nuisance between 14 July and 22 August last year "by being naked in a public place and refusing to clothe himself".

The allegation covers six alleged incidents between those dates.

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