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Blind BBC journalist who was mocked by LBC’s Steve Allen for using a guide horse due to his fear of dogs could sue radio host after ‘unsatisfactory’ Ofcom ruling

A blind journalist who became the first person in the UK to use a miniature guide horse is seeking legal advice after he was mocked on air by LBC presenter Steve Allen.

Mohammed Salim Patel, 24, from Blackburn, Lancashire, was using two-year-old American miniature horse Digby because of his fear of dogs – until the horse grew too big.

In a broadcast on October 1, Allen, who is on air between 4am and 7am, said he’d ‘never heard of anything so stupid’ while discussing a story on Digby published last month.

He also said on air: ‘Well if he’s blind, tell him it’s a rabbit or something. I’ve never heard of anything so stupid.

‘This is the blind man scared of dogs hoping that a horse will guide him on his commute. Where are you going to take that for goodness sake?’

In December, communications regulator Ofcom upheld a complaint that Allen’s comments had been offensive.

A blind journalist who became the first person in the UK to use a miniature guide horse is seeking legal advice after he was mocked on air by LBC presenter Steve Allen.

Mohammed Salim Patel, 24, from Blackburn, Lancashire, was using two-year-old American miniature horse Digby because of his fear of dogs – until the horse grew too big.

In a broadcast on October 1, Allen, who is on air between 4am and 7am, said he’d ‘never heard of anything so stupid’ while discussing a story on Digby published last month.

He also said on air: ‘Well if he’s blind, tell him it’s a rabbit or something. I’ve never heard of anything so stupid.

‘This is the blind man scared of dogs hoping that a horse will guide him on his commute. Where are you going to take that for goodness sake?’

In December, communications regulator Ofcom upheld a complaint that Allen’s comments had been offensive.

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