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TT spectator fined for going on closed roads

Man "hadn't realised" they were still shut

A man from the UK has been fined after walking onto closed roads during racing this week.

Thirty-eight-year-old Carl Gentleman of Cesar Close in Andover, Hampshire, admitted the offence when he appeared before magistrates in Douglas.

Barry Swain, prosecuting, said Gentleman was staying in Onchan for the TT festival and was watching the action at Signpost Corner on Wednesday.

But at 4.15pm, marshals spotted him crossing the road while competitors were due to set off for practice laps.

Gentleman’s advocate Ian Kermode told magistrates his client, who is due to return to Hampshire on Senior Race Day, hadn’t realised roads were still closed.

He said Gentleman wasn’t deliberately flouting the law and was very remorseful.

Magistrates told him he’d been extremely foolish and spectators needed to educate themselves about how dangerous entering closed roads could be.

They fined him £500 and ordered him to pay £125 costs immediately or face a 28 day prison sentence.

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