Leicester

Council closes three Leicester lap dance clubs

Three lap dancing clubs in Leicester will not be granted new licences after a city council review.

The decision to shut the clubs comes as the city prepares for new legislation on adult entertainment venues.

Lap dancing at the Baby Blue, Panache and Angels clubs is being stopped because their locations are not considered appropriate.

Platinum Lace in Abbey Street and Spearmint Rhino in Belgrave Gate will be allowed to continue to operate.

The new legislation stipulates that all lap dancing clubs must apply for permission to continue trading after April 2012.

The three clubs will only be allowed to stay open if they change their shows so they do not include "sexual entertainment", the council said.

Panache is close to residential properties in Yeoman Street, Angels is close to community facilities, while Baby Blue, in New Bond Street, is close to Highcross shopping centre, the council said.

The new city council policy allows up to five lap dancing venues within the city centre and Braunstone Gate area.

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