How Many Nudists Frolic With A Hoe…

…in an English country garden? Well, at least one:

A keen naturist who loves gardening in the nude will stand trial for ‘outraging public decency’ after neighbours complained about seeing him naked.

Well, stop looking! It is, after all, his garden.

The practising nudist insists that he only strips off when he knows his near neighbours are away – and does not commit ‘indecent’ acts while naked in his garden.

And that old joke about ‘seaside views’ seems to have been lost on them, because in order for their public decency to be outraged by the sight of Mr Sprigg’s dibber swinging gently over his sweet peas, they have to invest in some telescopic equipment of their own:

He said complaints came from neighbours 150 metres from his home – who filmed him from their balcony using a long-distance lens.

/facepalm

And yes, it’d be an amusing case, if it wasn’t for the fact that public money is being wasted on it and the consequences for Mr Sprigg weren’t so potentially serious:

The nudist pleaded not guilty to three charges of outraging public decency dates between January 1-31 this year, between March 1-15 and finally on March 20.He was bailed and will stand trial on June 20.

It’ll be an interesting trial.

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Well, as it turned out, there was no trial:

…after hearing the prosecution evidence, Cheltenham magistrates decided there was no case to answer. They quashed the three charges against Mr Sprigg…

And they had a few stern words for the CPS:

…the magistrates said they found the prosecution evidence “vague and weak”.

Just another CPS overreaction to the usual bleats of those desperate to find offence where none is intended?