Tyne & Wear

'Lewd' exotic dance threatens Tyneside pub

A Tyneside bar could lose its licence if bosses continue to allow "lewd" behaviour by exotic dancers.

Undercover police officers said the entertainment at the Caprice Hotel on South Parade, Whitley Bay, was "totally unacceptable".

It is understood the dancers had been touching customers.

North Tyneside Licensing Committee imposed additional conditions on the bar including a strict code of conduct for dancers and new staff training.

The hotel, also known as Echo bar, will undergo a further review at a later date and its licence could be revoked if bosses fail to meet the new conditions.

Bad behaviour

Northumbria Police said there was a direct link between "significant" crime levels in Whitley Bay and people drinking in the South Parade area.

In a bid to clamp down on crime, police and pub bosses have been working together.

They introduced more CCTV cameras, better checks on the age of younger looking customers and more door supervisors on duty during busier periods.

Inspector Jim Gray said: "We know from experience that high standards of bar management helps to prevent bad behaviour spilling out into the community which has a direct influence on levels of crime and disorder in the town."

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