The Hon. Russell Cooper MLA, Minister For Police and Corrective Services - 5 June 1996
5 June, 1996
As you would appreciate, this Act has been enforced to primarily combat "Flashers" (wilful exposure) and those who urinate in public. However, the provision also attracts a penalty for those who swim or sunbathe in the
As I indicated in my previous letter to you, I am seeking the views of my
Under the existing Act, Section 4 (1)(viii)(c) deals with 'wilful exposure' and one option which may be considered would be its removal to allow local Authorities to declare nude bathing sites.
In any event of this option being adopted, Police would still have the power to take action if deemed appropriate under Section 7 of the Act. This would mean Police would retain the power to determine if such bathing did constitute "offensive behaviour" after having regard to the place and time of nude bathing.
You would appreciate that consideration of this option would require appropriate consultation with Local Authorities and I have asked my
As soon as I have that advice I shall be back in touch.
RUSSELL COOPER MLA