A man has appeared in court in connection with an incident in which a bottle was thrown at the start of the men’s Olympic 100m final.

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Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, pleaded not guilty at Thames Magistrates’ Court today to using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

A man was arrested after the incident at the Olympic Stadium in August, which led to Dutch world judo champion Edith Bosch intervening.

Gill-Webb, from South Milford, near Leeds, also denied an alternative charge of using threatening abusive or insulting words or behaviour, under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

The court heard that he has been receiving psychiatric treatment at Bootham Park Hospital in York after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act, but was released on September 7.

Gill-Webb will stand trial at Stratford Magistrates’ Court in east London on January 3.

District Judge Jacqueline Comyns granted him conditional bail providing he stays at his home address in South Milford or Bootham Park Hospital, except on January 2, when he can stay overnight with relatives in Church Crookham, Hampshire, before his trial.

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