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PROBE AS BOYS 'OGLE LAPDANCE SEX SHOW; Teens in club claim.

Byline: By Lauren Mirzani

A LAPDANCING club is being investigated over claims that boys as young as 14 ogled strippers as they romped with a half-naked man.

A Scottish Executive task-force visiting the Liquorice Club, Edinburgh, say they were disgusted by the seedy antics.

The group claim they witnessed staged sex scenes watched by a number of underage teens.

They say two topless dancers romped with a member of a stag party, right in front of the teenagers.

The venue is now being investigated by Edinburgh City Council's licensing board.

The group had been exam-ining the impact of the capital's adult entertainment industry by touring bars and lapdancing clubs when they visited the premises in the Tollcross area.

Local councillor Lorna Shiels, who was part of the task-force, said: "I was shocked by what I saw going on in the club.

"There were around five teenagers, who were around 14 or 15, in the main bar when I arrived around midnight. We were treated to a show from two of the strippers in the main bar, which was just appalling.

"They were virtually staging a sex show with this man."

Liquorice Club Peter Ramsay insisted they had a strict door policy with customers having to provide photographic ID to be allowed in.

He said: "I can virtually guarantee that there would have been no one underage in the club. The club's policy is strictly enforced by our door staff and staff inside the club.

"We don't normally have any dancers performing in the main bar because that normally happens in our backroom.

"But we do occasionally allow it if the club is busy."

The licensing board confirmed it was investigating a complaint against the club.

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