A taxi company which refused to pick up a blind couple with their guide dogs has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds by a court.

Paul and Susan Nicholls called for a taxi after attending a party in Aldridge, near Walsall, last year to celebrate their daughter's wedding, magistrates heard.

A member of staff at the ABS Aldridge company refused to pick up the couple, and when they rang again tried to charge them more than double the usual minibus fare, Walsall Magistrates' Court heard on Tuesday.

Company boss Suhil Dad, of Miner Street, Walsall, made attempts to find out who took the call last June but failed, magistrates were told.

He admitted contravening section 31A of the Disability Act and was ordered to pay £665 in fines, costs and compensation.

Councillor Rachel Walker, portfolio holder for environment at Walsall Council, said: "These two people were treated very unfairly just because they had guide dogs. Trading Standards put together a case against the firm which led to a prosecution.

"We're very pleased this couple received compensation for this."

Mr and Mrs Nicholls, of Great Barr, have pledged to give the £100 compensation to the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind.