The Naked Rambler has been released from prison and allowed to walk free.
An unclothed Stephen Gough stepped from jail in Perth and was immediately spoken to by police.
However, unlike previous occasions when he has immediately been rearrested, the 53-year-old former Royal Marine from Hampshire maintained his liberty and said he would ‘head south’.
He served a 657-day sentence for breach of the peace and contempt of court because he refused to dress for his appearance at Perth Sheriff Court.
He said: “My opinion is that the police have thought: the guy’s not going to give up so let’s have a think about it.
“Something has changed and it is good news for me.”
He said he will continue his naked rambling, which he described as his vocation in life.
Mr Gough, who walked naked from Land’s End to John O’Groats, hopes to see his teenage children after spending the best part of six years in prison.
On his last release he was rearrested within 60 seconds of stepping from the prison gates.
Mr Gough claims it is his human right to walk naked. At a court hearing in 2010, he likened himself to American black civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks who famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, and was the catalyst for the black emancipation movement in the United States.