The Naked Rambler Stephen Gough was rearrested on 29 November 2003, having been released from custody. Despite heavy rain, wind and cold, he had restarted his walk to John o’ Groats from Cromarty Bridge, where he had last been arrested on 3 October. He reached Drummond Road, Evanton, about three miles up the road, but was there reported to police by a resident. A further court appearance is expected to occur on 1 December.
Following a letter on the matter from John Swinney MSP, leader of the SNP in the Scottish Parliament, to Sir Robert Smith, BBC National Governor for Scotland, the BBC Board of Governors on 27 November 2003 upheld the position of BBC Scotland in refusing to hand over to the Fraser Inquiry into the Holyrood parliament building tapes containing interviews with the late Donald Dewar and Enric Miralles, recorded for a documentary about the building being made by the Wark Clements production company. The refusal was made because BBC Scotland had promised several of those interviewed that nothing would be published before the building was complete. The governors concluded that BBC Scotland had acted in accordance with the corporation’s published guidelines, and that there was no reason for it to intervene. Mr Swinney said: It is now time for Lord Fraser to consider seeking a court order.