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Bubbles massage parlour application for Smethwick refused

The Bubbles Club
Image caption Bubbles was served an enforcement notice to stop trading after opening without the right type of permission

An application to reopen a private massage parlour on the site of a former brothel has been refused.

Bubbles Club, in Smethwick, would have offered visitors a "relaxation retreat".

But Sandwell Council officers refused the proposal using delegated powers due to "the potential reoccurrence of criminal activity and a fear of crime".

A brothel called Cuddles once used the same building on the Hagley Road before police raided it in 2005.

Bubbles had already started trading but was served a stop notice after council bosses said it was operating without the correct type of permission.

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