Police were called to Laurel Bank on ‘Mad Sunday’ yesterday to a report of a man being abusive and threatening marshals.

Officers say the man entered the TT Course, in the section before Glen Helen, waving an axe and then barricaded himself inside a van before he was arrested.

It happened while roads were closed ahead of the TT qualifying session today.

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Sergeant Stuart McLean has issued an appeal for witnesses: “Today, following the road closure of the TT course, police were required to respond to assist marshals near to Laurel Bank in relation to a male who was being abusive and threatening towards marshals.

“This male thereafter entered the course whereby he allegedly began waving an axe around and then barricaded himself in a van.

“Police officers have attended the scene immediately and subsequently arrested this male.

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“We would like to appeal to any witnesses who may have seen this incident or captured the incident on video.”

He added: “Any behaviour like this towards marshals will not be tolerated.

“A reminder to all that entering a closed road is a criminal offence and will be dealt with robustly.

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“It’s extremely dangerous for any person to enter a closed road; not only does it place themselves in danger but other members of the public, riders and police officers in danger too.

“We all want a safe TT.”