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BLIND SKI CHAMPION & GUIDE DOG BARRED FROM SUPERMARKET

Sainsbury’s has apologised after refusing entry to a store in London to John Dickinson-Lilley. UPDATED

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He walked into the store in Southamton Row in Holborn and was asked to leave as he had a dog with him.
He is registered as blind and uses his dog, Brett, to move around.

The double British and European Paralympic champion said he was ‘shaken and ‘humiliated’.

He retired from competitive skiing last year.

He said he will be taking Sainsbury’s to court over the matter.

All businesses are required under the Equality Act to allow guide dogs onto their premises, unless there are extreme circumstances.
There has been some reaction over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page:
Facebook reaction

Facebook reaction

“We have apologised to John for his experience and reassured him assistance dogs are welcome in all our stores and petrol stations,” said Sainsbury’s in a statement.

Sainsbury’s has sponsored the British Paralympic team since 2012.
John Dickinson-Lilley

John Dickinson-Lilley

 

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