Prankster walked down Portsmouth road naked for a laugh

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A PRANKSTER who thought it would be funny to walk down a busy street naked laughed as he was fined by magistrates.

Lewis Chalmers had been drinking with a friend when he decided to strip off and walk to the Tesco Express shop in London Road, North End, Portsmouth.

Shocked members of the public watched on and one woman remonstrated with the 23-year-old as he made his way along the road.

Prosecutor Graham Dubber told Portsmouth magistrates: ‘For whatever reason, Mr Chalmers decided to remove all of his clothing and walk naked along London Road. He was standing outside Tesco where people saw him.’

A number of people called the police who arrived and arrested Chalmers.

In his police interview, jobless Chalmers said he had been drinking all day with a friend. He told police they had decided it would be funny to walk along London Road naked.

The court heard he had a string of convictions for previous offences.

Chalmers, of Bishop Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to using disorderly behaviour within the sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Saleem Chaudry, defending, said Chalmers had a problem with drink and was sorry for what he had done.

‘He is extremely embarrassed and remorseful for his behaviour,’ he said. ‘It’s an unfortunate way in which he has behaved.’

But Chalmers was unable to keep a straight face as he was sentenced.

He smirked as chairman of the bench Stuart Chittenden said: ‘It’s time to start getting your act together and acting like a big boy.

‘No excuses, you’ve got to be mature soon, because you’re not now. It’s up to you, if you keep on coming to court you’re going to do down again.’

Chalmers was unable to stop himself laughing when he was fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 in costs.

Mr Chittenden told him: ‘Don’t laugh because it’s not funny. You’re forgetting children were present.’

Chalmers was still laughing as he left the dock.