Disabled teenager turned away from street party

Patrick Wilson was turned away at the gate. Pic: comp

Patrick Wilson was turned away at the gate. Pic: comp

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A PARALYMPIAN was stopped from entering the Hogmanay street party amid claims it was unsafe for him in a wheelchair.

Patrick Wilson, 19, missed out on the celebrations in Princes Street after being turned away by G4S stewards at a busy security checkpoint.

It is claimed one of the staff member told Mr Wilson, a British international at boccia: “It would be bad enough a normal person, never mind someone in a wheelchair going in.”

The teenager, who has cerebral palsy, was there with his carer, James Hepburn, who was so appalled at the treatment he took photos of the staff and posted them on Facebook.

The personal trainer said it was “completely unacceptable” adding: “We were there before 11pm and we all had tickets and bands which we showed as proof of purchase.”

A G4S spokesman said: “We are sorry that Patrick was unable to access the Hogmanay street party celebrations in Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve.

“The area he wanted to access was full, and while the safety and security of everyone attending the event was secure is our top priority, Patrick should have been directed to an alternative gate.