A man was charged with a public order offence after throwing a bottle on the track at Sunday’s 100m Olympic final. According to Scotland Yard, Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, from South Milford, was arrested inside the Olympic Stadium following the incident.
A police spokesman said Gill-Webb was charged with deliberately causing harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act. He appeared at Stratford Magistrates' Court in East London later today. He denied the charges and was granted conditional bail.
Reportedly, Gill-Webb is a married father of two and a vending machine repairman. He was arrested by security guards at the Olympic stadium just before the beginning of the men’s 100m final after a bottle was thrown on the track.
Gill-Webb was wearing a blue top with the name of a South Milford pub, the Queen of T'Owd Thatch, on the back. Reportedly, the top he had on was worn by members of the village football team, which the pub sponsored.
According to reports, the green plastic bottle was thrown from the stands behind the start line just before the start of 100m final race. Dutch world judo champion Edith Bosch sat near the alleged thrower and told Dutch television station NOS TV, “I had seen the man walking around earlier and said to people around me that he was a peculiar bloke. Then he threw that bottle and in my emotion I hit him on the back with the flat of my hand.”
Bosch, 32, added, "Then he was scooped up by the security. However, he did make me miss the final, and I am very sad about that. I just cannot understand how someone can do something like that."
Lord Coe, the chairman of London 2012, also commented on the bottle-throwing incident calling it “unacceptable.”
“Throwing a bottle onto the field of play is unacceptable. It’s not just unacceptable at an Olympic Games, it’s unacceptable at any sports venue,” Coe said. “The guy was removed. Anybody that does that in future will be removed. There is a zero tolerance to anything like that.”
Lord Coe went on to say, “I am not suggesting vigilante-ism but it was actually poetic justice that they did happen to be sitting next to a judo player.”
Meanwhile, District Judge Angus Hamilton adjourned the case for a half-day trial at Thames Magistrates' Court on September 3, granting Gill-Webb bail on condition that he does not enter any Olympic venue before his trial.