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Romford dogs to close for 'at least' a week following failed fire safety exercise

PUBLISHED: 17:37 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:45 21 November 2017

Romford Greyhound Stadium in Romford. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Romford Greyhound Stadium in Romford. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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The Romford greyhound stadium will be closed for another week, after it was revealed that it failed a fire safety exercise.

The Coral stadium in London Road, Romford, was forced to close last Monday, Tuesday and Thursday but partially reopened on Friday and Saturday.

The Racing Post, a newspaper on horse racing, greyhound racing and sports, has confirmed the news that the stadium will not be open, despite a 575m race being due to take place.

Speaking to the Racing Post, racing manager Peter O’Dowd said: “We hope to reschedule it at a later date but obviously everything is up in the air at the moment.

“I’ve also got to investigate opportunities for our graded greyhounds to run, perhaps inter-tracks elsewhere, although we will be looking to compensate owners and trainers - we have been paying run and bonus money for the cancelled meetings.”

Last week, the Recorder reported that the Mayor of Havering Councillor 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 have helped raise around £1,500 for three good causes in the borough.

Coral has been approached for further comment.

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