Disabled Ed Sheeran fan pays £75 for ticket and has view of metal gate at concert

Lauren Graham said she spent the night in her wheelchair staring at the gate Credit: BPM Media

A disabled woman says she was left in tears after paying more than £75 to see Ed Sheeran - only to have her view of the singer blocked by a staircase gate.

Lauren Graham, who has to use a wheelchair, forked out to see the singer perform at the NIA in Birmingham, but said she was forced to spend the night staring at the metal gate at the disabled area as it blocked her view of the stage.

She claims a door supervisor even told her sister to move her out of the way and stand in front of her if she wanted a better view.

Lauren has Friedreich’s Ataxia which prevents her from standing for long periods. Credit: BPM Media

Lauren has Friedreich’s Ataxia, a progressive neurological illness which prevents her from standing for long periods.

She has used a wheelchair since February but vowed never to return to the NIA after her experience.

Lauren emailed the venue to complain but said she was unhappy with the response she received, and has accused the venue of discrimination.

Ed Sheeran performs during the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The manager of the venue said the disabled area had been assessed and approved via consultations with relevant groups.