Leeds & West Yorkshire

Three Leeds lap-dancing venues shut by city council

The Red Leopard on The Headrow
Image caption The three clubs must close next Friday, said the council

Three lap-dancing clubs in Leeds are to close after their licence applications were refused by the council.

Leeds City Council has rejected the applications of Deep Blue on Wellington Street, and Red Leopard and Wildcats, both on The Headrow.

The applications were rejected because of "buildings with sensitive uses" near the clubs, according to the council.

They must shut next Friday, said the council. The BBC has not had any response from the venues.

'Not in prominent areas'

The council licensing sub-committee did renew three other applications.

Liberte and Purple Door, in York Place, had their licences renewed for a year. Silks of Sovereign Place had its licence approved, but only until June.

Leeds Town Hall is on The Headrow, near Wildcats and Red Leopard.

The council's executive board approved a new policy for the licensing of Leeds sex establishments in September.

It stated sexual entertainment venues should not be located in residential, deprived or rural areas.

It also said the clubs should not be in "prominent areas of the city".

The council decided there would be a maximum of four "sexual entertainment venues" in the city.

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