Shocking moment dog handler is punched and kicked by track ‘invader’ as he walked greyhound to its trap at racecourse
- The attack at Crayford Greyhound Track occurred at 12.36pm on Wednesday
- The handler was hit in the head and face after being jumped from behind
An enraged fan attacked a dog-trainer at a greyhound racing course on Wednesday as he was walking his dog into the trap before a race.
Video footage shared online shows a man in a blue jacket suddenly breaks from the edge of the course and attacks the trainer from behind as the dogs were walked up towards the starting gates at Crayford Greyhound Track in Bexley, London.
The figure jumped on the trainer’s back before appearing to attack them with punches and kicks, taking the trainer completely by surprise.
A man has since been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.
The attacker ran up behind the handler, who was walking with two dogs at the time, and leapt on their back as he began punching them
The trainer was one of five who was walking a dog to the start of the racing course at the time. They had two dogs with them, one in a red coat and one in a blue one.
Suddenly the thug jumped on the trainers’ back and appeared to punch him in the head, causing the trainer to let go of the dogs as the others scrambled to pull their own away from the incident.
Another member of staff behind the victim of the attack managed to grab the leads of the greyhounds and pull them away too.
The man grabbed his victim by the hood of their jacket, forcing their head towards the ground as they began hitting it.
The attacker continued the violent assault by aiming a knee for his victim’s face, before continuing to punch their victim in the face and head.
The cause of the attack, which took place shortly after 12.30pm on Wednesday, is not yet known. The camera soon panned away from the incident.
The man has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm.
The trainer, pictured with a white hood, was holding two greyhounds as he headed towards the traps at the start of the course
The attacker was caught on camera approaching his victim from behind before jumping on top of them
The attacker hit the victim on the head as he jumped onto his back, causing the trainer to double over
The man grabbed his victim’s collar and continued punching him around the face and head
The man grabbed the trainer’s head by their jacket hood, forcing their face towards the ground
The stadium, which has featured races since 1986, is one of the few remaining dog tracks in the UK.
Racing fans at the track and watching online shared their shock at the violent nature of the incident.
One said: ‘What have I just seen from Crayford my word!’
A second added: ‘[What] is going on at Crayford? Some bloke just started beating the bloke who was leading Dog 1 to the Traps.’
Another said: ‘Anyone got that recorded?’
Others praised the actions of the staff for immediately ensuring all the dogs were out of harm’s way.
‘That’s ridiculous behavior, well done for getting the dogs out of the way quickly and safely. What the hell is wrong with people,’ wrote one Twitter user.
MailOnline contacted Crayford Greyhound Track, but staff members declined to comment, saying they had not been given any information about the attack.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called at 12.36 hrs on Wednesday, 25 January to reports of an assault at a commercial premises in Stadium Way, Crayford.
‘A man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.’
A spokesperson for Ladbrokes, which owns the venue, said: ‘This was a deeply unpleasant incident and one the police are now dealing with.
‘Our prime concern is the well-being of the individual who was the victim of this awful assault.
‘We are making sure he is okay, which fortunately he seems to be, while also assisting the police with their investigation.’