Police at sauna ‘to check air conditioning’

Police at London Street Sauna. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Police at London Street Sauna. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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EVERYBODY freeze! A city centre sauna raided by police was having its air conditioning checked – according to a cheeky member of staff.

A worker at the London Street Sauna made the tongue-in-cheek response to the Evening News after at least ten officers spent almost two hours questioning workers at the business.

He said: “They were checking the air conditioning. . . We’ve got a lot of air conditioners in here.”

The front door to the site was locked while the interviews took place.

Officers left the premises at about 2.45pm yesterday. Police declined to comment on whether any arrests had been made.

It is the second time within a week that licenced sex shops across the Capital have been targeted.

A joint operation carried out last Friday with the fire service and environmental health officers involved about 150 officers visiting seven saunas and 11 related premises.

The raids come with the Capital’s controversial saunas under increasing political pressure for their licences to be cancelled.

A London Street resident, who did not want to be named, said she had not noticed any disturbances or problems linked to the street’s notorious sauna in recent weeks.

She said: “They’re always tidy. I’ve never noticed police there before. They’re quite ­discreet.”

Independent Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald said licensing checks on Edinburgh’s saunas had noticeably been stepped up under the new policing regime introduced from April 1.

She said earlier this week: “A heavy-handed denial of the different ways to treat prostitutes and their clients will do nothing to help the local residents plagued with women, or young men, approaching them near their homes.

“But I fear this up-front, frankly frightening behaviour deployed in Edinburgh to signal the end of pragmatic policing will simply make it more difficult for police officers to access and collect the quality of intelligence that kept trafficking at bay.

“Locally designed policies to manage and gradually diminish the oldest profession allowed police to feel secure that additional criminality to the sex industry was not happening under their noses.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said yesterday that officers were carrying out a number of inspections of licenced premises across the city.

The spokesman said: “The activity, which is being carried out in partnership with a number of agencies, is part of the force’s commitment to keeping people safe.”