World Naked Bike Ride cyclist warned by police for being 'overexcited'

A man was kicked off a naked bike ride in Canterbury and warned by police after complaints he was 'overexcited'

World Naked Bike Ride (Photo: Ian Haskins/CC2.0)

A participant on a naked bike ride in Canterbury, Kent was reportedly removed from the event after getting a little 'overexcited'.

According to reports, the man was pulled to the side of the road and asked to put his jeans back on, before receiving a talking to by police.

One witness, as quoted on, said: "Everyone was taking their clothes off to get ready for the ride. I heard gasps and I turned around – it was a horrible sight.

"It's fair to say he was overexcited and got aroused. It looked like he was enjoying the event a bit too much.

"One of the organisers went over to him and told him to put his trousers on while speaking on a walkie-talkie to police.

"The man looked sheepish when he was spoken to by the police."

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Organisers of the World Naked Bike Ride event defended their stiff punishment by insisting they do not accept such behaviour, while the police said the man will not face any further action.

Chief Inspector Mark Arnold told the Canterbury Times: "The primary role of Kent Police was to facilitate peaceful protest and officers worked with organisers and partner agencies with the aim of keeping people safe and minimising disruption to the city.

"Generally speaking, nudity in public is not an offence where there is no intention to cause harassment, alarm and distress and therefore Kent Police did not have any grounds to stop the event."

He added: "One individual was spoken to by the protest organiser and stewards and he was required to get dressed and leave the protest, which he did. His details were taken by police, but no action will be taken against the man."

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.