Race fan jailed for stop­ping TT prac­tice


James Ford, from Bin­g­ley in York­shire, was seen on the road at Crosby dur­ing TT prac­tice, caus­ing the ses­sion to be halted while 80 rid­ers lined up to prac­tice. The 67-year-old pleaded guilty to ob­struct­ing the con­duct of a race and fail­ing to com­ply with the in­struc­tion of a marshal. Ford was sen­tenced to four weeks in prison. The pros­e­cu­tion said that he had be­come “ag­gres­sive and bel­liger­ent” when asked to move from a gate­way. The mar­shals con­tacted the clerk of the course, Gary Thomp­son, who spoke to the spec­ta­tor. Ford is re­ported as say­ing: “I’m not mov­ing, if you send po­lice make sure they’re big lads.” Ford will spend his time in the 144-ca­pac­ity medium-se­cu­rity Jurby prison.

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