TT 2018: Four weeks in jail and a five year ban from the Island for TT course invader


James William Ford will spend the rest of the TT in prison after rowing with marshals and delaying Monday’s practice session at the Isle of Man TT.

67-year-old pensioner James William Ford from Bingley appeared before Deputy High Bailliff Jayne Hughes earlier today, admitting to obstructing racing and failing to comply with marshals – making him the first person to be prosecuted under the Road Races Act which was implemented in 2016.

The court heard how Monday’s practice session was delayed by 20 minutes after Ford refused to move from his position in Crosby. Prosecution advocate Mike Jelski told the court how Ford became aggressive and belligerent towards marshals just before 6pm, when they asked him to move from a gateway. They rang the clerk of the course, who spoke to Ford only to be told “I’m not moving. If you send police you’d better make sure they’re big lads”. Ford did eventually move, crossing the course before police arrived and arrested him.

Deputy High Bailliff, Mrs Hughes said a message needed to be sent that marshals don’t deserve to be abused when they’re doing their jobs. Consequently, she sentenced Ford to a total of four weeks in custody, meaning he’ll be released after the end of the race festival – after which he’ll be deported and banned from the Island for five years.

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