Couple ‘ran naked for two miles and swam in river’

The couple allegedly swam naked in the River Tyne near Haddington. Picture: Angus Bathgate
The couple allegedly swam naked in the River Tyne near Haddington. Picture: Angus Bathgate
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A COUPLE allegedly ran naked through the countryside for two miles after they were spotted skinny-dipping at a beauty spot.

Members of the public are said to have watched in shocked amazement as the pair dropped their clothes and swam in the River Tyne, near Haddington, East Lothian.

Police were called to the scene but found only a bag stuffed with clothes.

It is alleged the pair made off, stark naked, across the countryside.

The man and woman, both 35, are said to have been found by officers in the village of Bolton, about two miles away.

The route between the river and Bolton includes fields, wooded hills and numerous barbed-wire fences and walls.

Witnesses to the incident on Monday afternoon, claimed the couple had been sitting beside a section of the riverside walk in the town, referred to locally as the beach.

One woman claimed: “They seemed oblivious to the fact there were people out walking their dogs and pushing their toddlers in buggies and just stripped off before jumping in the river.

“When the police officers arrived the pair disappeared but they left their clothes, which officers took away.

“It certainly wasn’t a sight you expect to see at the riverside.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a 35-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested and charged with breach of the peace following an alleged public indecency in the Haddington area on Monday.”

They are due to appear in court later this month.