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CIVIC bosses will try to close down a controversial lap dancing club which has already had its booze licence revoked.

Durham County Councillors are to be asked to ban lap dancing from Red Velvet in Front Street, Consett, when they meet next week.

Red Velvet, the only lap dancing club in the county, was the subject of a drugs raid last month when police claim staff and dancers were seen selling cocaine to customers.

House mother Dolce Byron and former manager David Bartley are now on police bail pending further inquiries while two dancers were cautioned following the December 14 raid.

Last week, Durham County Council’s licensing sub-committee revoked Red Velvet’s drinks licence after a request by police licensing officer Sgt Tim Robson, who described the “gentlemen’s club” above Captain Cod fish and chip shop as “rundown, dirty, seedy premises,” claiming he saw blood on the ceiling, frayed carpets, and curtains and seats that were torn and ripped.

Red Velvet opened despite protests from local church groups, schools, councillors and residents in 2007.

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