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Scottish TT visitor fined after being found drunk at campsite

45-year-old had been on Island less than 24-hours

A Scottish TT visitor who was on the Island for less than 24-hours before being arrested has been fined £150.

John James Walker, of Scotts Street in Annan, was picked up by police for being drunk in a public place on Wednesday (7 June).

Officers on patrol had found the 45-year-old at St John’s Football Club at 6.30pm – he was swaying, his speech was slurred and he was unable to tell them who he was or who he was with.

During sentencing at Douglas Courthouse the court was told Walker had arrived on the ferry that morning but the friend he was travelling with had left the Island suddenly.

Walker’s advocate said he’d ended up drinking whilst waiting for other friends and blamed the combination of tiredness, from his journey, and his alcohol consumption for his condition.  

He also expressed his ‘gratitude’ towards the Manx police who he said had treated his client ‘with the utmost respect and dignity’.

Magistrates, who also ordered Walker to pay prosecution costs of £50, told him: “Yes our police are tolerant and respectful but the Island cannot tolerate this drunken behaviour at TT.”  

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