Tourism website changed over Guernsey 'nudist beach' concerns

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GUERNSEY'S tourism body has been forced to change its website – after hinting that a secluded bay may be a nudist beach.

Until recently, Visit Guernsey's website had carried the wording that Le Jaonnet Bay 'is not officially a nudist beach, but may not be appropriate for families'.

All reference to nudism has now been removed, and the description now reads: 'As Le Jaonnet is one of Guernsey's harder beaches to get to, it does not attract many visitors, making it ideal for a peaceful day in the sun.'

The issue about whether nudism was appropriate on the south coast beach has been raised in a number of letters to the Guernsey Press over the last few weeks.

A Visit Guernsey spokesman said they had changed the website wording to avoid any confusion.

'It was decided to delete any reference to nudity on the website to prevent any further misquotes and to ensure nobody felt "misled" as was also quoted in the letter,' he said.

However, he added that the original wording had been correct.

The spokesman pointed out that there are many reasons the bay is not appropriate for families, including that it has no facilities and is relatively difficult to reach.

There are no official nudist beaches in Guernsey. Chief Inspector Phil Breban, of Guernsey Police, said there is no specific law about nakedness.

'However, it could be considered as indecent exposure, but consideration would have to be given to the location (within public view or a public place), time of day and who, if anybody, was present or witnessing such behaviour,' he said.

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