Man denies Olympic bottle offence.

25 June 2013

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, of South Milford, North Yorkshire, was arrested and charged with an offence of using threatening words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour intending to and causing harassment, alarm or distress under section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986.  Following his plea was released on bail pending trial on 3rd September 2012.  His bail was granted on conditions, one of which was that he must not enter any Olympic venue.

A judo champion from the Netherlands, 32 year old Edith Bosch, said she saw a man throw a bottle and she struck him on the back with her palm.  Unfortunately she said the the incident had made her miss the event itself, and she said "I am very sad about that".

A spokesman for LOCOG the games organising committee said that it had no impact on the event.  However, Justin Gatlin, the bronze medal winner, said that the bottle had been a "little distraction".  He explained "I didn't know what it was, but when you're in those blocks, and the whole stadium's quiet, you can hear a pin drop."

LOCOG chairman Lord Coe said: "Throwing a bottle on to the field of play is unacceptable. It's not just unacceptable at an Olympic Games, it's unacceptable at any sports venue.

"The guy was removed and anyone who does that in future will be removed so there is a zero tolerance to anything like that."

A spectator, John, who was seated only a short distance from the man responsible, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Police dragged him down the tunnel where the athletes come out. The biggest cheer went out for this guy getting arrested as actually Usain Bolt getting over the line."

The offence carries a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment for anyone convicted.

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