Blind woman 'refused entry' at British Grand Prix because her guide dog was 'health and safety risk'

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix last Sunday ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg Credit: PA

A blind woman claims she was refused entry to the British Grand Prix atSilverstone because her guide dog was a "health and safety" risk.

Kate Young, 51, had been planning the trip for months, but was left feeling"crushed" after being told that someone could fall over her golden retriever,Star, when she rang up a week before to say she would be taking the dog.

Mrs Young, from Cheshire, was told that dogs were not allowed in and so she stayed at home while her family enjoyed the day out.

But she later heard that celebrities were allowed to take their pets inside,including Lewis Hamilton, who took his bulldogs, Roscoe and Coco, along.

The F1 star posted photographs of his dogs on Twitter, writing: "Love havingmy best buddies here with me at the British GP, Silverstone."

Mrs Young said: "I felt completely stonewalled. Without my guide dog I amcompletely dependent on others, and in the two years since I've had Star this is the first time I've felt so restricted."

Guide Dogs campaign officer, Helen Honstvet, said:

A spokeswoman for Silverstone said their rules about animals at the BritishGrand Prix are set by the Motor Sports Association.