Government wages war on lapdancing clubs
Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor
All existing lap dancing clubs will have to reapply for their licence to operate when new laws to curb their spread come into effect next year, ministers announced today.
The decision means that councils will have the power to order the closure of clubs that are already open if they believe that they are too near to a school or in a similarly inappropriate location.
Local authorities will also be able to shut down existing premises – as well as veto new clubs – if there are already too many in a particular area and to set a wider range of conditions on those that are allowed to open.
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