THE gentlemen’s club ST1, in Trinity Street, Hanley, has been closed permanently.
The decision has been taken by Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s licensing sub-committee following evidence of fraud, drink spiking, drug dealing, violence and prostitution investigated by Staffordshire Police.
Chief inspector Neil Hulme, commander of the Stoke Central local policing team which covers Hanley, said: “ST1 has been a regular cause of community unrest and disorder over many years, so the decision by the (Stoke-on-Trent Licensing Sub-committee is a very welcome one.
“We do a lot of work with our partners and licensed establishments in Hanley to make the city centre a safe and welcoming environment. Unfortunately ST1 has continued to undo the good work done and its closure will make a real difference to the levels of crime and disorder in the city centre.”
Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, head of prevention and early intervention, which includes licensing, added: “Our licensing officers try their hardest to work with businesses and encourage them to meet high standards of responsible retailing.
“Sadly ST1 has for many years ignored those standards forcing my team to investigate them further. Over time we have built a catalogue of evidence showing a wide variety of criminal activity involving the venue.
“Revoking the licence and shutting down the establishment will hopefully disrupt that criminal activity and make the city centre a safer environment as a result.
“I would just like to offer my congratulations to the licensing team for the comprehensive and pain-staking work they have undertook to put forward a compelling case for ST1’s closure.”