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Man who threw bottle during Olympic Games found guilty of a public order offence


Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, was found guilty of a public order offence at Stratford Magistrates' Court today (11/01/13).

David Robinson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "Gill-Webb's decision to throw a bottle onto the track at the men's 100m final was reckless and irresponsible.

"This incident came close to disrupting the most watched event of the 2012 Olympic Games which was broadcast to millions of people across the world and for which many athletes had trained for years.

"His prosecution should act as a warning that incidents of public disorder will be dealt with robustly to ensure public events can go ahead unhindered by criminal behaviour."

Gill-Webb was found guilty of one count of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress (s4A).