Lap-dancing called off

EROTIC dancers from Ipswich's only lap-dancing bar are out of work today after the landlady who runs it has said it was more trouble than it was worth.

EROTIC dancers from Ipswich's only lap-dancing bar are out of work today after the landlady who runs it has said it was more trouble than it was worth.

Julie Denney, who ran Laplands from The Giles Tavern, in Princes Street, Ipswich, is now facing bankruptcy after being ordered to pay £6,000 for ignoring seven noise abatement orders from the council.

However, Miss Denney maintains the noise complaints, which were made by a resident living above the pub, were made because of an issue with the type of club she was running.

She said: "I know everybody says the noise complaints are not anything to do with the lap-dancing club but I feel it is.

"I tried to bring Ipswich into the 20th century but nobody wanted it and now I am paying a heavy price.

"I can't afford to be taken to court again so the nights will stop in an attempt to prevent any more complaints happening.

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"At least I have proved a point that there is a custom base for those kinds of nights in the town."

The 13 girls employed by Miss Denney are now out of a job but she says it may not be long before she is out too.

She said: "I have been given until April 25 to pay my fines but I cannot afford them and there is nobody I can borrow that kind of money from.

"There is a chance I will have to declare myself bankrupt and if that happens I can no longer run the pub or take on another one."

Miss Denney says she also lives under the threat of being thrown out of the pub by Enterprise Inns, the company who she leases the tenancy from.

She added: "I don't know what the future holds or if I will still be here in a month or two.

"The future certainly doesn't look bright."