Incidents involving nudity and the police
Since writing this article events have moved on and NAG has started proactive campaigning. The latest situation is summarised at http://naturistactiongroup.org/2013/11/nag-bn-approach-chief-constables-pccs-on-policy-on-policing-nudity
We still want to hear from you if you have had a brush with The Law though.
Naturist Action Group (‘NAG’) is a UK group, dedicated to campaigning for greater freedom to live a naturist lifestyle. NAG is working to do this in a number of ways, one of which is by informed dialogue with UK national authorities. For NAG, as small specialist organisation which is still establishing its credentials in some quarters, to succeed our approaches to The Authorities need to be convincing in themselves. This means that our arguments must to be evidence based, fair and unbiased. Hence this appeal.
You may already have heard of NAG and its activities. One of our initial campaigns is to address the matter of the policing of nudity in public places. The naturist world is rife with stories of both good and bad policing regarding public nudity. There are many examples of inconsistency between forces, misunderstanding and misapplication of the law (both by police and the public), and disproportionate actions. We need to convert hearsay and anecdotal reports in to evidence, so the first stage in what will be a long process, is to gather accounts of incidents involving the police, directly from those involved. These will be analysed and considered for evidence in our campaign.
This is where you come in. Have you, or someone you know been involved in an incident involving public nudity, in which the police were involved in any way? If so we’d love to hear from you, so please do get in touch. We promise to respect confidentiality, and no one will be identified to third parties without their prior consent. You can email NAG via this website, or write to us. If you’d rather talk about it on the telephone, let us know your number and when you’d like us to call you. This project is being led by Duncan Heenan.
We already have a dossier of incidents and cases, but we have also had a number of approaches from people who have suffered from inappropriate police attention, but are fearful of being included in our research for various reasons. If people aren’t prepared to complain, even collectively via NAG, we won’t make progress. Our information will not be publically available, and only disclosed to the Authorities who need to know. Any adverse consequences are highly unlikely. So please do get in touch, you will not suffer as a result. It’s worth the hassle to stop the hassle!
We also need helpers in this project. We would especially like to hear from anyone with a legal or policing background who could become part of our small project team as a researcher or advisor.
We look forward to hearing from you.