| Strippers Warned Over Red-Hot Act
Strippers entertaining TT fans at Studebakers
nightclub were told to cool down their act after
punters were left hot under the collar.
Undercover police officers visited the club on Tuesday
night after the dancers spiced up their act on Monday.
Studebakers' general manager Andy Kendle said he was
happy with the strippers' performances on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday nights.
But he explained that Monday was his night off and
when he returned to work on Tuesday he was informed by
staff and customers that the strippers had turned up
the heat a few degrees.
Mr Kendle said: 'The girls had taken it upon
themselves on my day off to go a bit raunchier.
'When I came in the next day I found out through staff
and customers and I took a decision that it was going
'I spoke to the manager of the group and they toned
their act down. It was never our intention to put on a
show that would offend anyone.'
Mr Kendle said police had visited on Tuesday night and
were satisfied with the action he'd taken.
In addition to toning down the stage act, Mr Kendle
also ordered screens, put up to allow private lap
dances, to be taken down.
He explained the screens were there for punters who
wanted to pay £10 for a private dance.
Mr Kendle said the screens weren't removed through
fears of what might have been going on behind them,
but because he felt there was no point in hiding what
was going on.
He added: 'In fairness to the group they are very
professional. They put on a good show and I am not
disappointed with the business they brought in. But it
is just like everything - if you leave it to its own
devices it can get out of hand.'
Police confirmed they sent undercover officers to a
Acting Chief Inspector Dave Bell said officers had
responded to complaints, but refused to comment on
which establishment they had visited.
He said: 'We have received a very small number of
reports regarding what some people consider to be
obscene acts taking place.
'We have monitored them and we have spoken to the
management of a premises and made certain suggestions
to them about what was happening there.
'They have been fully supportive of what we suggested
to them and the matter will not be taken any further
at this stage.'
Mr Bell said the reports had been about the stage show
itself and revealed police have had no complaints
about the use of cubicles.
He explained: 'I have heard that lap dancing is going
on in cubicles but it is not anything that we have
He added: 'If is fair to say that when these
(stripper) shows are on we do monitor them as a matter
'There are obscenity laws in the Isle of Man and
although certain things are perhaps considered more
acceptable these days, we do monitor them.'
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