CAGED Nationwide protestor Rita James and a female accomplice were escorted from Kinsley Greyhound Stadium in bizarre circumstances on Saturday night.
Promoter John Curran said: “A lady identified herself to me on the evening and stated she wished to make a complaint and a proposal. I asked her to identify herself and although she declined to do so, it was soon established beyond reasonable doubt who she was.
“In terms of the complaint, I cannot go into detail but I informed her that she should submit the details to Duncan Gibson the integrity and welfare officer at GBGB.
“I explained that not only do the stadium not have the powers to investigate this alleged breach of rules, but it was my duty to inform them of any suspected breaches of rules under rule 152. I duly contacted GBGB on the same night.
“I have no intention of listening to any proposal from anyone sharing Ms James beliefs. As far as Ms James was concerned, I was conscious that a large group of trainers and kennelstaff were eating just a few feet away.
“Given some of the statements that Ms James has have against greyhound trainers in general, I would have been very concerned as to her safety, had they been aware of her identity. I therefore gave instruction that Ms James and her companion should leave the stadium as soon, and as discretely, as possible.
“I think this kind of action goes to show how badly CAGED are struggling to get their message out. The greyhound industry has responded magnificently in recent weeks and their supporters are finally learning the truth. But everyone must stay on guard, not just tracks but trainers too.”
The Star understands that as a result of information supplied by Ms James, a local trainer will make contact with his veterinary clinic in relation to potential breaches of data confidentiality. The Star also understands that the track management and the trainer are confident that no breaches of GBGB rules have occurred.
Curran also confirmed that – in line with the track’s policy on re-homing policy – the most recent four remaining greyhounds submitted to the scheme were placed with home-finders on Friday. There are currently no greyhounds on the waiting list.