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Council boss to experience streets as visually impaired person

A guide dog Credit: PA

The head of Nottinghamshire County Council will experience what it's like next month to try to navigate walking outdoors for someone who is visually impaired.

It's hoped the event on the 9th November will raise awareness about the work of guide dogs.

Anthony May, the County Council's Chief Executive, will walk through West Bridgford wearing a blindfold whilst being assisted by a trainee guide dog.

The walk will involve crossing roads, going down narrow pavements and avoiding obstacles on pavements like cars and cafe furniture.

The 'Guide Dogs' Street Ahead' campaign is looking to highlight the issues visually impaired people experience on a daily basis when trying to navigate streets, including clutter on pavements.


Awareness campaign over attacks on guide dogs

Help Dogs at Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

Latest figures show that on average ten guide dogs are being attacked every month. Today police held an event in Peterborough to raise awareness about the laws protecting assistance dogs which can cost up to £35,000 to train. Click below for Matthew Hudson's report.

Guide Dog Fun Day after ITV documentary

The training school in Leamington was featured on ITV earlier this week Credit: ITV News Central

A fun day is taking place at a guide dogs training school in Leamington today, after it was featured on an ITV documentary.

On Wednesday night, the centre in the town was featured on "Me and My Guide Dog".

Around 4,000 people are expected to visit today's event, with Steve Cunningham and Mahomed Khatri who appeared in the programme, due to be present as well.


Guide dog puppies training at RAF Museum Cosford

Young Labrador training to be a guide dog at RAF Museum, Cosford Credit: ITV News Central

A group of trainers have taken guide dog puppies to RAF Museum Cosford today for essential training.

Five puppies – all under the age of eight months – are visiting the museum for a days' training around different types of aeronautical sights, sounds and smells.

There are over 4,700 guide dog owners in the UK.

Puppy walkers training dogs to interact Credit: ITV News Central

Midlands town in top ten most hazardous in UK for blind

The Midlands have made it onto the top-ten list of** worst **places for so-called "street clutter" - things that get in the way of where we walk.

This can become a huge problem for people with sight loss and those with disabilities. Worcester and Ashby de la Zouch were named among the worst, with one road in Ashby having nearly 25 boards across it.

The Guide Dogs charity are behind the survey, and say the problem's only getting worse

Midlands town hazardous for blind people

Two towns in the Midlands are among the top ten most hazardous towns for blind people Credit: ITV Central

Two towns in the Midlands are among the top ten most hazardous towns for blind people in the country.

The Guide Dogs' survey of 65 UK towns found one street in Ashby de La Zouch was filled with nearly 25 advertising boards, making it the 6th worst. Worcester was ranked just below at 7.