Terrified locals in Brighton have looked on in horror as gangs of surfers and hairy nudists fought pitched battles on the beach. Large groups of intimidating surfer dudes arrived in the seaside town at the weekend in convoys of Volkswagen vans. They were followed close behind by gangs of aggressive nudists driving Renault motorhomes. While police have appealed for calm, tabloids have increased anxiety with lurid reporting, including the now notorious ‘Bods and Knockers’ headline in the Sun.
Tensions on the south coast are set to increase further following the trial of a Brighton bell boy at the Old Bailey. The bell boy was accused of killing a hotel guest who said he looked a bit like Sting. The charge of murder was thrown out when the jury found he had acted with reasonable force, given the circumstances. In summing up, the Lord Justice said the bell boy had been cruelly provoked and humiliated. The case sets an important legal precedent as it allows people to kill anyone who compares them to Sting, something the Musicians Union has been campaigning for for years.