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Decision on Beavers' lap-dancing licence due today
The fate of Beavers lap-dancing club hangs in the balance today, as Watford Borough Council meets to consider whether to renew its licence to operate after dancers offered "sexual services" to undercover police officers.
The council’s sub-committee met yesterday to discuss the renewal of the Market Street venue’s sex entertainment licence, which permits it to display "any live performance or live display of nudity", including lap dancing and strip shows.
Hertfordshire Police is opposing the renewal following an undercover police operation in August, where two officers were offered sexual services from a number of dancers at the club, breaching several conditions of the licence.
Representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary presented their case at what was listed as a public meeting between 11am and 5.30pm yesterday.
However, all of the evidence was heard behind closed doors. Committee chairman Jan Brown cited schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 as the legal basis for excluding both the press and members of public.
The decision to either renew or refuse the licence will be announced in public following a further closed meeting at 2pm today.
If the committee decide to add further conditions to the licence, it is likely an additional hearing will be arranged.
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