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Sussex Police criticised over treatment of disabled child

Sussex Police says it is working to improve training for staff Credit: ITV Meridian

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has criticised Sussex Police's treatment of an 11-year-old girl with a neurological disability.

She was handcuffed and put in leg restraints - and held in cells for a total of 60 hours over three separate arrests.

The force says it is working to improve training for staff. The girl's mother wants police to change the way they deal with such cases.

ITV Meridian spoke to Gus Silverman, Solicitor with Irwin Mitchell.

Disabled woman told wheelchair 'fire risk' at cinema

All she wanted was a night out at the cinema. But according to Cecillia Turk what she received was an evening of humiliation and discrimination.

Cecillia says she was was asked to leave the cinema in Hampshire half an hour into the film because her wheelchair was a 'fire risk'.

She says she felt like she was treated more like a piece of equipment than a person who deserves equality.

Christine Alsford reports.


Calls for better wheelchair access for disabled shoppers

The festive season is well and truly upon us - and with just two shopping weekends until Christmas, disabled rights campaigners are calling for better wheelchair access.

The disability minster, also a Swindon MP, says retailers who don't cater for people who are less able, are missing out on a combined spending power of more than 200 billion pounds.

Matt Price reports.

Disabled dad's nightmare with high-tech chair

It was a dream Christmas present - a motorised wheelchair that was supposed to allow a disabled dad to enjoy trips to the countryside and the beach with his family. But it has turned into a nightmare 'four year' legal battle because the Tankchair imported from America didn't work. Now Jim Starr from Dorchester says he's lost all hope of getting his chair back or any refund. Richard Slee reports.

Challenging the fashion industry's assumptions about beauty - the models who say 'give us a chance'

An aspiring model from Sussex is calling on the media and fashion world to feature more disabled people … after she won a life-changing fight with bone cancer, which left her on crutches.

Elesha Turner, from Hastings, enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to point out that disabled people must not be overlooked.

Wanted: disabled people to train as gym instructors

A project to train disabled people to work as gym instructors has been so successful, it's being rolled out again in Kent this summer. The spinal injuries charity Aspire, which runs the scheme, is now appealing for more people to join up.

Andrea Thomas has been speaking to fitness instructor Tom Ervin, from Maidstone, and InstructAbility project manager Hilary Farmiloe.

The course is free for unemployed, disabled people over 16 and is taking place in Ashford in May. To find out more click here