The Sunday Times have done it again for the greyhounds. Today they have exposed race fixing and “bung-taking” at Newscastle Stadium.

William Hill, bookmakers and owners of the stadium as well as the NGRC have begun an investigation and as a result of the expose, a track manager was suspended last friday.

The track manager “admitted channelling bogus payments through the bank account of Barry Clements, until recently a greyhound trainer at the track. The racing manager made the payments appear legitimate by drawing up fake invoices, which were apparently countersigned by other senior officials.

Clements admitted he then paid a monthly bung of £500-£600 in cash to the racing manager – who in return allegedly attempted to fix races by allocating favourable starting positions for another owner.

Clements also admitted that he separately fixed a race earlier this year by swapping a slower dog for a faster one. He said he and his colleagues won thousands of pounds by betting on the dog.”

Barry Clements, a trainer at the track admitted to paying a monthly bung of £500-£600 to the track manager to fix races and when questioned about his own dogs revealed that:

“Clements kept a kennel of about 40 of his own greyhounds, which raced at Newcastle. He said he was blowing the whistle on his involvement after becoming “totally ashamed” of his treatment of dozens of greyhounds in his care.

As soon as one is hurt you are under pressure to get rid of it. I had 23 put down in 10 months up to May this year and none of them needed to be medically euthanased.””

William Hill’s response to the investigation was “We treat any allegations of impropriety seriously and a full investigation is under way.”

To read the full Sunday Times article click here: LINK

Campaign group Greyt Exploitations remind us that:

In the past fortnight we have been witness to

· Greyhounds being slaughtered at a knackers yard

· The BGRB being unable to account for Walthamstow dogs

· Horrific injury statistics, which would amount to at least one greyhound every week being destroyed at Belle Vue

· Yet more healthy greyhounds being disposed of

· Race fixing and backhanders

TIME TO CALL FOR THE ABOLITION OF COMMERCIAL GREYHOUND RACING AND THE FRAUD, CORRUPTION, DRUG ABUSE AND ANIMAL EXPLOITATION THAT IT PERPETUATES!

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