Crufts 2018: Protester storms arena leading to security review of Birmingham event

The protester was tackled by security

Owner Yvette Short, of Edinburgh, could be seen clutching the overall victor, a two-and-a-half-year-old whippet bitch called Tease, as the chaos unfolded and security guards wrestled the intruder to the ground at the NEC Birmingham.

An intruder at the Crufts dog show was wrestled to the ground as the competition victor was being announced live on television.

Crufts blamed the incident on animal rights group PETA and accused the man of putting the competitors' safety at risk.

In the footage, which was partly captured and aired on Channel 4's live Crufts broadcast, a male protestor holding a placard that read "Crufts canine eugenics", ran into the arena.

The man and woman were quickly chased down and tackled by security before being led away to huge applause from the crowd.

A Crufts spokesman said the "hugely irresponsible" stunt had "scared the dogs" and put their safety "at risk".

That made it a Crufts to remember for her 61-year-old owner Janis, of Chadderton, who joined thousands of other canine lovers in descending on the West Midlands for 127 edition of the world's largest dog show.

As the victor was announced of this year's Best in Show, a man rushed onto the show area sending the competitors and Clare Balding into a frenzy.

"The NEC Group have extensive security procedures in place at Crufts and we, along with the NEC Group, will be reviewing what happened as a matter of urgency".

It said there were two intruders and named them as members of the Vegan Strike Group, an organisation which claims to fight against animal abuse.

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