Spectator jailed after entering Isle of Man TT course

Isle of Man TT pic: IOMTT.com

A spectator at the Isle of Man TT has been jailed after he entered the circuit.

James Ford forced the delay of a session on Monday after failing to comply with marshals’ instructions, thereby obstructing the conduct of the race meeting.

Marshals contacted the clerk of the course, who then spoke to the 67-year-old only to be told “I’m not moving. If you send police you’d better make sure they’re big lads,” as quoted by the BBC.

The incident took place near Half Way House in Crosby, about four miles (6.4km) into the 37 mile (60km) course, a location where speeds are typically north of 200km/h.

“To suddenly come on to a pedestrian walking along the road would have catastrophic outcomes, not only for the person illegally on closed roads and the rider, but for other spectators,” said Sgt Andrew Reed.

Ford, from Yorkshire in the UK, was arrested before being sentenced to four weeks in jail.

He was also slapped with an exclusion order, meaning he’ll be unable to return to the Isle of Man for five years.

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