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08/10/2013 02:15 BST | Updated 08/10/2013 02:18 BST

Paralympic Gold Medal Winner David Weir Denied Home With Downstairs Toilet

Weir won four gold medals at London 2012
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Weir won four gold medals at London 2012

Paralympic wheelchair racer David Weir is being refused a home with a downstairs toilet, it has been reported.

Weir, the winner of four gold medals at the London Paralympics, has to drag himself upstairs by his arms to the bathroom, according to The Sun.

His mother Jacqueline told the newspaper: "He's a national hero but he can't find a decent house and the council aren't helping."

Weir's fiance Emily Thorne said he could do without having to make trips up the stairs and "risking a recurring shoulder injury".

Ms Thorne told The Sun that the housing association that allocates council homes on the Roundshaw Estate in Wallington, south London, told them they could not have a better place for fear of favouritism.

Roundshaw Homes said it could not comment on individual cases, The Sun reported.

Despite boasting six London Marathon titles and two gold medals from Beijing, Weir went into the London Paralympics still with a relatively low profile.

But he emerged as arguably its brightest star, bursting down the back straight to claim three gold medals on the track in the 5000m, 1500m and 800m before completing the sweep by winning his fourth and final 2012 title in the men's marathon