North Yorkshire Police has asked Scarborough Council to launch a “formal review” into the licence of Quids Inn in St Nicholas Street.
The council is inviting representations from the bar’s owners and the general public before deciding what course of action to take after December 17.
The police have called for a review after claims that a stripper performed on the first floor of the venue in September, due to the glass front to the building the police allege that she could be seen by people walking along St Nicholas Street.
Its submission to the council states that: “In recent years, licensing officers from both North Yorkshire Police and Scarborough Borough Council have spent a considerable amount of time and effort working with the Premises Licence Holder, Designated Premises Supervisor and management at the premises to address: the level of reported violent incidents; compliance issues, and [to] instil a business model which promotes rather than undermines the licensing objectives.
“Despite [this] the premises continues to undermine the licensing objectives.
“One recent example being on Saturday September 26, an act of striptease (full nudity) on the first floor of the premises in front of full-length plate glass windows; clearly visible to anyone walking down St Nicholas Street.
“Not only was this act a breach of the conditions on the premises licence, the nature of the activity would have contravened a number of standard conditions applicable to registered Sex Entertainment Venue under the borough’s Sex Entertainment Licensing Policy and Conditions.”
It adds: “The police see no alternative but to instigate formal review proceedings to enable the licensing authority to deal with the matter at the earliest opportunity.”
Options open to the council include cutting the bar’s opening hours, asking for the removal of its licence holder and even suspending the venue’s alcohol licence.