Swimmers in Sydney,Australia, who prefer to take their surf and sun therapy in the nude have declared "war" on police patrols invading their privacy on a secluded beach.
STV LADY JANE Beach
SV Plain clothes police arresting nude male
GV People look on
SV Bather puts on clothes as police watch
SV Topless bathers
GV Bather walking away with police
SV Uniformed policeman taking away another male bather as nude bathers look on (3 shots)
GV PAN people jeering on beach as bathers taken away by police launch
Motor Cruiser moving through water
CU Nude female bather
SV Bathers' spokesman speaks to crowd on beach sof in: "According to what Mr Waddy has said...sof out: ...are we going to stay or not? (3 shots)
SV Naked child on sand
SV Spokesman speaks to crowd:and PAN TO PEOPLE with hands in air sof in: "All those people... sof out: ...on this beach."
SV Reporter speaks to camera sof in: "My Waddy calls this... sof out: ...Eyewitness News." Reporter runs naked into surf
REPORTER: IAN LESLIE
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Background: Swimmers in Sydney,Australia, who prefer to take their surf and sun therapy in the nude have declared "war" on police patrols invading their privacy on a secluded beach.
The police campaign to shift the swimmers from Lady Jane Beach began in mid-December when flash police raids led to 30 arrests. Since then the nudists have been left in comparative peace -- but now Police Commissioner J. Waddy has ordered regular patrols at the beach, which is accessible only by a one-mile walk through bushland and down a cliff. Commissioner Waddy claims that prostitutes had been soon soliciting at the beach and police had received numerous reports of " disgusting acts ".
The Commissioner has come in for media criticism levelled against an apparent wastage of police resources while the general crime rate is skyrocketing. In the latest raids, three men were arrested -- and the bathers held their own protest meeting on the beach ??? ??? the police were back again and ??? But the ??? around in various stages of undress and defied the police.
Police charged those arrested with indecent exposure. The patrols are "storming" the beach from both land and water. Plainclothes police mingle with the bathers and make the arrests --- and the luckless and topless are hustled into a water patrol craft for speedy delivery to the City Watchouse.
The swimmers decided at their beach meeting to go on frequenting the beach, as they had done for years, and continue to shed their clothing and swimming costumes. However Commissioner Waddy warned: "If people want to go the beach and break the law they will have to put up with the consequences"