Hypocritical council officials in Edinburgh bribed with lap dances, drinks and hospitality

Hypocritical council officials in Edinburgh bribed with lap dances, drinks and hospitality

Edinburgh council have shown just how hypocritical councils can be by accepting lap dances, drinks and hospitality at football matches in return for awarding lucrative building contracts while at the same time voting against licence permission for opening new strip clubs in the area. Charles Owenson and James Costello had been working for the council’s property care services division. They took bribes from Kevin Balmer, 52, and Brendan Cantwell, 44, directors at Edinburgh firm ABC Limited.

All four men admitted charges at the city’s sheriff court earlier this week.Owenson, 62, and Costello, 44, pleaded guilty to breaching the 1889 Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act.

The men also admitted committing fraud and breaching proceeds of crime charges at a hearing before Sheriff Michael O’Grady.

They will return for sentencing next month.

Strip bar says police chiefs ‘harassed’ them

SENIOR figures at a strip bar have accused police chiefs of “harassing” their business out of existence because they want to shut down the Capital’s lap dancing scene.

Managers of Club Rouge in Lothian Road confirmed it had closed and would make way for Innis and Gunn’s Beer Kitchen bar. Directors said their treatment by police made it impossible to continue operating.

Bristol strip club warned over schoolgirl adverts

A Bristol strip club has been criticised for using images of women dressed as schoolgirls in its advertising.

Urban Tiger was told to drop the images as a condition of being granted a new licence from Bristol City Council.

 The authority described the campaign on leaflets and social media as “highly irresponsible” and promoting the “view of schoolgirls as sexual objects”.

Nightlife Bristol, which owns the club, has not commented on the adverts.

Another club, Temptations, was also given the same condition as part of its licence following adverts for “Back to School” nights accompanied by a sexual picture of a woman in school uniform.

Adam Bond, from the council’s safeguarding unit, said: “Urban Tiger’s promotion of these events will serve to reinforce the notion that schoolgirls can be viewed in a sexual way and as sexually available.”

The club has been told to cease using the advertising – which featured a St Trinian’s night where dancers dressed as schoolgirls – as part of its new licence to operate from the council.

 The Olde Northwood is up for sale. The advert on Prideview Properties website shows that the lease is up for renewal in just 11 months time.

 The venue had a tough time getting a licence in 2014, so to add to the lease renewal, it can easily be seen how difficult it is nowadays to be into the business.

The strip club with the dodgiest name award is no longer held by Beavers in Watford. It has recently reopened as Diamonds and Strings… 


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