Naturist club uncovered
AN insight into the goings-on at a swingers club in Comet country has been revealed. Police say that naked revellers take part in wife-swapping parties and orgies. The statement is contained in a representation form from the police who are opposing the gr
AN insight into the goings-on at a swingers club in Comet country has been revealed.
Police say that naked revellers take part in wife-swapping parties and orgies.
The statement is contained in a representation form from the police who are opposing the grant of an alcohol licence to the owner of the premises where the club meets and which is also used by women offering massage services.
They fear that having booze on sale there would attract large groups of men on stag nights and pub crawls.
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And that could prompt crime and disorder concerns, say police.
The members-only naturist Maltings Spa off Park Street in Baldock has applied for an alcohol permit which is due to be considered at North Herts District Council's licensing and appeals committee meeting to be held next Thursday.
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There is also a massage service on the premises which is open to the general public.
And it is the Hertfordshire venue for Suburban Swingers UK which on its website boasts of being "perhaps the only swingers club in the UK to hold regular parties and adult evenings at its own luxury health spa facility".
The licence application is being opposed by Baldock community police sergeant Clive Reader.
In his representation he states to the committee: "The website makes reference to providing swinging parties for couples, swinging parties for single males, swinging discos, adult wife-swapping parties, orgies, gang bangs, naturist swinging parties, naturist discos and greedy girls nights in a fun, no-pressured atmosphere."
Regarding the massage service at the spa provided by females, he says: "The applicant Mr Keeble (spa owner) does not concern himself with any private arrangements for additional services that are made between the women and their clients."
Sgt Reader adds: "The concern is that the provision of alcohol on the premises, combined with the current practice of allowing non-members to attend, may cause problems.
"The very nature of the activities at the premises could be a magnet for large groups of males on stag nights and pub crawls, and it is felt conditions are necessary to minimise the risk of crime and disorder."
Maltings Spa owner David Keeble believes that the swingers' events should not affect the alcohol licence being granted.
He said: "Not much goes on. We've always kept a very low profile; we've never had a problem with anybody before.
"People who come to the parties are mostly discreet, middle-aged and just want to meet like-minded people. They use it more as a meeting place, it's nothing illegal."
But there can be difficulties having Surburban Swingers in the same building as a snooker club which is frequented by youths.
Mr Keeble said: "Some people have booked in to come to parties before, but there have been youngsters downstairs and they didn't want to come in so it's cost us business."
On the alcohol front he said: "I was selling it for a long while before I was told that I shouldn't be selling it.
"We used to have a licence but when it changed the landlord of the rest of the building didn't apply for one for the whole premises.