30 Aug '13, 10am

This is cheering me up in a dark, sad kinda way:

Falling profits and attendances forced the original owners of the dog track to sell-up after 75 years. Last week's shocking news that the most iconic greyhound stadium in Britain has been sold for housing and will close in August has left the sport reeling. Despite pulling in the highest attendances at any of the UK's remaining venues, the owners cite taxation changes, an increase in general costs and extended opening hours of betting offices as the reasons behind the decision. Walthamstow's Tote turnover alone has fallen by 35 per cent since the abolition of General Betting Duty in 2001, which deprived dog tracks of the unique advantage of tax-free betting only on-course. The closure of next-door club Charlie Chan's, the famous pulling spot for lucky punters and wannabe WAGs, was a clear indication that all was not well. A greyhound stadium where a teenage David Beckham h...

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