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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 Photo: PA

A blind woman claims she was refused entry to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone 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.

Fans flooded onto the track after the Lewis Hamilton's win at the British Grand Prix Credit: Joe Davies / ITV News Central

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 having my best buddies here with me at the British GP, Silverstone."

Mrs Young said: "I felt completely stonewalled. Without my guide dog I am completely 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:

It's really concerning that Silverstone refused to allow Kate's assistance dog, yet pet dogs were allowed in to the circuit.

Our guide dogs support thousands of people with sight loss to make sure they don't lose their freedom, and it's disappointing when people's independence is limited in this way.

Kate had spent months working with us to prepare for her visit and make sure the dog was comfortable with the environment. Instead of being able to enjoy a day out with her family like everyone else, she had to miss out on the experience.

– Helen Honstvet, Guide Dogs campaigner officer

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