Naked sunbathers urged not to cause distress or alarm if they strip in gardens

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Brits are being warned about sunbathing nude in their own gardens amid the current hot UK weather.

Many people would probably think it's okay to strip off in their own garden to avoid any pesky tan lines.

However, police have warned sunbathers that there are still certain rules you must follow, even if it's your own home that you're getting starkers in.

Section 66 of Sexual Offences Act 2003 states that people who want to be naked in public should do so in a way which doesn't cause 'distress or alarm'.

The Crown Prosecution Service said: "In the case of naturism a balance needs to be struck between the naturist's right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress."

Authorities have since advised sunbathers to 'be careful' if they're planning to sunbathe naked in their garden but are 'overlooked by neighbours'.

"An Englishman's home is not quite his castle and your garden is not exempt from the law," they added.

While authorities said that in an 'ideal world' police wouldn't be called by a neighbour if they spotted you 'gardening in the buff,' they added that 'in the real world' it's best to take some 'simple precautions'.

These precautions include sunbathing behind a screen, or finding a corner of your garden which is less overlooked.

"You will have to decide whether your desire to be naked in your garden is more important to you than being on friendly terms with those around you," police said.

If it's clear you mean no harm or distress in exposing your naked body and letting your bits hang out, then you should be fine and avoid running the risk of breaking any laws.

Members organisation British Naturism added: "There is no law against being naked in public, and so stripping off and enjoying the sun on your skin in your own garden cannot lead to arrest nor can your neighbours make you cover-up.

"Being neighbourly might mean you tell your neighbours that you plan to sunbathe naked but there is no obligation to do so, so don’t hesitate.

"Studies have shown that spending time naked is good for you and so we encourage everyone to take advantage of the wonderful weather and celebrate their uniqueness."

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