Blind man refused entry to restaurant

Princes Risborough blind man Andy Shipley was refused entry to a restaurant in Slough with his guide dog

Princes Risborough blind man Andy Shipley was refused entry to a restaurant in Slough with his guide dog

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A BLIND charity chief was left shocked and disgusted when he was refused entry to a restaurant because customers did not want his guide dog inside.

Andy Shipley, chairman of disability charity Fieldfare Trust, was in a party of six staff who were turned away from Shahzad Indian restaurant, in Park Street, Slough.

Mr Shipley from Princes Risborough (pictured), has a deteriorating eye condition that severely limits his vision and he relies on guide dog Winnie to get around.

Despite having only two covers on Sunday, May 20, manager Muhammed Saleem, claimed customers did not want a dog in the restaurant. Law states restaurants are obligated to make amendments for guests with guide dogs, but despite protests, the manager refused to back down.

Mr Shipley, 48, said: “It’s been the law for a long time. It spoiled our evening.”

The charity holds regional heats for Fieldfare Challenge, which gets disabled youngsters out taking part in sport in the countryside, at Black Park Country Park, Wexham.

Staff have eaten at the restaurant on the Sunday before the event for eight years.

Mr Saleem said: “I asked the two tables of customers and they said they didn’t want to have a dog in the restaurant.

“I’m sorry, but I have to pay attention to my other customers.”