A sign in a popular beauty spot informing visitors of nudists in the area has been removed by rangers.

The unauthorised board was placed in Hamsterley Forest without the knowledge of Forestry England who have since removed it.

It read: "You may encounter naturists enjoying this area naked today. Simple public nudity is not illegal in England and Wales.”

A spokesperson from Forestry England said: "This is an unauthorised sign. We have not permitted or been made aware of any events taking place. The sign was removed last week by our rangers.

"While respecting an individual’s right to freedom of expression if other visitors feel harassed, alarmed or distressed, they should consider calling the police. If complaint was made to us and we saw the person, or people, we would consider asking them to get dressed or if the complaint was more serious report it to the police ourselves."

Forestry England also said that there is no dedicated area for naturists within Hamsterley Forest.

This story first appeared in the Northern Echo.

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