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Court: 'Needs of wheelchair users do not trump others'

Wheelchair user Doug Paulley relies on buses in Leeds to get around.

But he could be left stranded after the Court of Appeal ruled his needs "do not trump" others if the wheelchair bay is being used by buggies.

Mr Paulley told ITV News: "If wheelchair users aren't using it, I don't have a problem with other people using it. But if a wheelchair user needs it, then that's the only place they can be on the bus, and they must have priority."

Only new legislation in Parliament or the Supreme Court can change this, but as it stands if people don't want to move on public transport, they don't have to.

ITV News Correspondent Richard Pallot reports:


First Bus recognises importance of disabled customers

First Bus has said it recognises "how important it is" that disabled customers can access its services.

The verdict has given our passengers, drivers and the wider industry much needed clarification around the priority use of the wheelchair space on board buses, following two previous conflicting rulings.

Our current policy, which is to ask other passengers in the strongest polite terms to make way for those who need the space, will remain in place.

We recognise how important it is that bus services are accessible for all customers - indeed we are leading the industry in improving bus travel for disabled customers. That good work will continue.

– Giles Fearnley, managing director of First Bus

The comments follow a Court of Appeal ruling that bus companies are not required by law to have a policy to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays on buses.

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Bus wheelchair ruling overturned at Court of Appeal

A legal ruling won by a disabled campaigner from West Yorkshire about a bus company and its wheelchair policy has been overturned at the Court of Appeal.

Doug Paulley from Wetherby Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Doug Paulley from Wetherby, took First Bus Group to court after he was told he could not get on a bus because a pushchair user refused to give up the space. That "first come first served" policy was unlawful discrimination said a judge in Leeds.

However three judges today said bus companies are not required by law to to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays.

Leeds 'collision' raises questions about Cameron security

The incident in Leeds today where a man was able to run into David Cameron on the street has raised questions about security arrangements for the prime minister.

While most British politicians prefer not to be surrounded by a "ring of steel", the incident has prompted an investigation by the Metropolitan Police, which is responsible for Mr Cameron's safety.

ITV News political correspondent Libby Wiener reports:


Runner who collided with PM says 'I did not see him'

A runner who collided with the Prime Minister prompting security concerns has told the BBC he "did not see him."

Jogger Dean Farley who collided with the PM says he 'did not see David Cameron'. Credit: SWNS

Dean Farley said: "I didn't see David Cameron. I didn't know it was David Cameron until they let me out of the police van an hour later and told me what I'd actually done."

He said he asked the officers repeatedly what he had done as he was detained in the van and one officer said to him: "You know what you've done, be quiet."

"I gathered I'd run into somebody quite important but I couldn't know it was David Cameron. It begs the question, how good is Cameron's security if I managed to run between it before they stopped me?", Mr Farley added.

Mr Farley denied the collision was some sort of protest, adding that he was "not a particularly political-minded person".

MPs call Cameron collision 'a clear breach of security'

David Cameron insisted he has confidence in his protection detail after a runner collided with him during a visit to Leeds.

The Met Police announced it will carry out a review into the incident, which some MPs have called a "clear breach of security".

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

Man who collided with PM 'just brushed into someone'

The man who collided with David Cameron while running has said he just brushed into someone.

The moment before Dean Farley collided with David Cameron in Leeds. Credit: ITV News

"Next thing I know I've got half a dozen suited men haranguing me and manhandling me to the floor," Dean Farley told the BBC.

"The whole time I'm asking, 'who are you, what's going on?'" he added.

Mother says runner 'very upset' after Cameron collision

The mother of the man who collided with David Cameron earlier today said he was "very upset by the whole situation".

Dean Farley's mother said he was 'very upset by the whole situation'. Credit: SWNS

Dean Farley's mother said she had spoken to him and that it was "all a misunderstanding."

"He was just jogging to the gym," she said, adding, "That's all I've got to say."

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