September 12, 2003  
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NEWS

Naughty establishments stripped of licenses

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

London has lost two notable community landmarks: the Rendez-Vous strip club and Gloria's 'massage parlour,' forcing loyal patrons to seek naked entertainment and rub and tugs elsewhere.

The London Board of Control has decided not to renew the adult entertainment licenses of the Rendez-Vous and Gloria's massage parlour, said London deputy mayor Russ Monteith.

The applicants from the Rendez-Vous are prospective owners who are seeking the adult entertainment license but cannot prove they will be able to conduct business when the license is granted, stated Monteith.

Along with their liquor license, the adult entertainment license was surrendered by the current owners after London Police conducted raids during the summer in a sting in the area against crack dealers, explained Ward 3 councillor Fred Tranquilli.

"The Rendez-Vous was a hub of criminal activity and has attracted criminals from all over the city," Tranquilli said.

Gloria's license was not renewed because the owners demonstrated misconduct in running the establishment and the police department was particularly interested in some of the finer points of the owners' license application, commented Michelle Smibert, manager of licensing and elections at city hall.

Police reports also indicated there were criminal activities occurring at Gloria's, including the use of the establishment as a brothel, stated Smibert, adding such infractions led to the refusal to renew the adult entertainment license.

"A lot of those clubs [adult massage parlours] are running without licenses," said Mark Burrows, coordinator of Eyes on East London, noting the closure of the establishments is welcome.

"How can you get a rub without a tug?" asked fourth-year political science student Jon Hopkins, adding both businesses will be sorely missed.

 

 

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