Strip bar says police chiefs ‘harassed’ them

Club Rouge is to become Innis and Gunn's Beer Kitchen. Picture: Lesley Martin
Club Rouge is to become Innis and Gunn's Beer Kitchen. Picture: Lesley Martin
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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.

But officers said they had acted on clear evidence that the bar’s licence conditions were being breached.

A spokesman for the club said: “We’re quite upset we had to close it. To be honest, we feel that we were forced out. We had the pressure from the local police. The trigger was constant visits. Harassment would be a word [to describe the situation].”

A police spokeswoman said: “The licensee in this case took the decision to evict his tenant. This came after licensing officers identified numerous offences at the premises and brought them to the attention of the licensee.

“Officers will always enforce licensing law to ensure the public and staff are safe.”