Former Swindon trainer Clive Elliott has been found guilty of four cases of cruelty after RSPCA inspectors found dead and dying greyhounds at his home address.

The story is the Swindon Advertiser sets out the full horrors of the case in some detail.

Following the court case, GBGB MD Mark Bird issued the following statement:

“As the regulator for licensed greyhound racing, we abhor animal cruelty of any kind. There is no place in our sport for individuals who mistreat greyhounds and we will take the strongest action when this is ever found bringing those responsible to justice. We supported the RSPCA and the police throughout their investigation and will continue to work alongside them to strike out any malpractice or cruelty towards greyhounds in this country.”

The Star has been aware of this case since last Spring. We understand that GBGB stewards had made several attempts to visit the premises which were not owned by Elliott himself, and that police were first alerted following an incident involving an elderly woman with apparent mental health issues.

In view of the above, we will not be commenting further until sentencing has been completed.