Man in wheelchair thrown out of a cinema because his ventilator was too noisy

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A man confined to a wheelchair says he was thrown out of Britain's largest cinema chain because his life-saving ventilator was making too much noise.

Richard Bridger was kicked out by staff after just 40 minutes after complaints the machine that keeps him alive was a 'nuisance'.

Odeon cinema staff told Richard, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, to leave the screening of Taken 3, after receiving six complaints out of an audience of 200.

Muscular dystrophy charity, Trailblazers, criticised the cinema chain for being discriminatory after ejecting Steve from the Saturday night screening.

Film fan Richard was watching the Liam Neeson movie with his carer at the cinema in Epsom in Surrey from the wheelchair bay when he was asked to leave.

His father Steve, 57, said:

Odeon cinema in Epsom Credit: Google Street View

Mr Bridger, who needs full-time care at his home in Epsom, claims he was told he should not visit the cinema on Friday or Saturday evenings as it is "too busy".

Genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy causes Steve to have severe weakness to his muscles including the ones that operate his lungs.

Trailblazer's campaigns officer Victoria Wright said she was very disturbed to hear about Richard's plight.

Odeon has apologised profusely for the way staff dealt with the situation.