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Disability saw me accused of dealing drugs in Wetherspoons

Open letter: Amber Davies PICTURE: WALES NEWS SERVICE

A STUDENT wrongly accused of dealing drugs in a pub’s disabled toilet has called for greater awareness of ‘hidden’ disabilities — because she was actually emptying her stoma bag.

Amber Davies, 21, has ulcerative colitis, a condition which means she has had much of her bowel removed. The bag collects waste and needs emptying up to 15 times a day.

But on a night out at Wetherspoons’ Dragon Inn in Birmingham, security staff accused the part-time model of taking or dealing drugs.

Amber said door staff ‘openly accused me of snorting, dealing and having sex in the disabled toilet’. She said one of the group she was with was her boyfriend who helped her in the disabled toilets on the final occasion.

She said staff initially said ‘they could see no other reason I would need to visit the toilet so often’. They later apologised and sent a gift card.

But in an open letter to the pub chain Amber, from Powys, Wales, said: ‘My disability is what’s called a “hidden disability”; it’s a chronic, debilitating, lifelong illness.’ She did not want others ‘to suffer this kind of difficulty, shame, discrimination and awkwardness.’

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said: ‘Staff listened at length to Ms Davies’ points and apologised.’