Ashley Gill-Webb denies throwing bottle at Olympic men’s 100m final

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A MAN from the Selby area who was arrested in the Olympic Stadium after a bottle was thrown from the crowd at the start of the men’s 100m final will stand trial in January for an alleged public order offence.

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, is alleged to have used threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress on Sunday August 5.

The bottle throwing did not halt the race which went ahead and was won by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt in 9.63 seconds.

Gill-Webb, from South Milford, denies the charge and an alternative charge which is similar but which does not carry a prison sentence. Both are brought under the Public Order Act. He was detained by Olympic Stadium security staff.

Dutch world judo champion Edith Bosch, who was in the stadium at the time, had been expected to attend court as a witness but the court heard it is now unlikely that the prosecution will need to call her.

At the end of the hearing district judge Jacqueline Comyns released Gill-Webb on bail, on condition that he lives at his home address or at Bootham Park Hospital where he has been receiving treatment.

He will also be allowed to stay with relatives at Church Crookham, Hampshire the night before his trial on January 3 at Stratford Magistratres’ Court in east London.

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