Teenage boys ‘troubled’ by topless Italian sunbather
The new battle of Anzio: a moaning mum takes on the seductive enemy
The silly season is upon us - and here's the story that makes it official. Police in Italy have interviewed a 26-year-old woman who was sunbathing topless on the beach after a mother complained that her two boys, 12 and 14, were "troubled" by the sight of her rubbing sun lotion onto her breasts. For the record, the breasts were described as "ample" and their owner "very attractive".
The incident occurred at Anzio, until now better known as the site of the notorious World War Two battle in which 4,400 Allied troops, the majority of them Americans, died to make Italy a free country where, one day, young women might enjoy the right to relax topless on the beaches.
Back to the present. The young woman, identified only as 'Luisa' and understood to be a fashion store assistant, was indeed enjoying her right to sunbathe topless.
Just along the beach, however, the two boys could hardly contain themselves when she began rubbing sun cream into her chest. Their mother stopped a police beach patrol and demanded that the woman be told to cover up.
The police talked to 'Luisa', who was furious. Still topless, she remonstrated with the officers, claiming her right to sunbathe without a bikini top on, and insisting she had done no harm. A spokesman for the police in Anzio said later: "We have opened a file on committing an obscene act. From what I heard she was very attractive."
Luisa's lawyer, Gianluca Arrighi, told the Daily Telegraph:
"Something like this happening in 2010 is absurd. The fact a file has been opened is compulsory following the complaint - but I can't imagine any judge in 2010 convicting a woman for sunbathing topless.
"Let's be clear my client is tall, brunette and has an ample breast and is therefore going to naturally be sensuous when she applies cream to her chest.
"This may well have attracted the attention of the women's two sons but it should not lead to my client being convicted." ·