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Councillor demands details of safety test failure that closed Romford Dogs

PUBLISHED: 13:31 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 17 November 2017

Romford Greyhound Stadium in Romford. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Romford Greyhound Stadium in Romford. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium closed to the public this week after it failed a fire safety exercise.

The stadium in London Road, Romford, did not open on Monday night and trials and meetings scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday were cancelled.

Elm Park ward councillor, Cllr Barry Mugglestone is calling on the company to reveal details of the fire safety check and said residents have a right to know.

“Coral is a big company and they should explain what the fire safety faults are – I am not too impressed with them,” he told the Recorder.

“I am concerned about why the Dogs was shut down and after Grenfell (Tower) it is not acceptable not to know the reasons behind it.”

Mayor of Havering Cllr Linda Van den Hende had organised a charity fundraising night which had to be cancelled.

She was disappointed after months of planning the event, which would help raise around £1,500 for three good causes in the borough.

Cllr Mugglestone said: “I am very disappointed, 100 people were going to attend and I was going to go.

“Perhaps Coral will do something for the mayor in the future.”

Simon Clare of Ladbrokes Coral confirmed that staff were responding to the results of the fire safety test.

“Due to the failure of a fire safety exercise, we were unable to run the race meetings,” he said.

“We would like to reassure local residents that we do not believe the issues identified posed a risk of fire.

“Romford stadium is an integral part of the local community and we were acting in the best interests of the customers, the dogs and trainers and residents in taking the precaution of closing the stadium while we carry out checks.”

Mr Clare explained that despite “good progress” on tackling the issues identified at the internal safety exercise it hasn’t got to the point where it can open to the public.

“We are very hopeful that a normal racing service will be in operation at Romford from Friday evening onwards.”

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