Bexley's former deputy mayor apologises for stripper licence oversight

News Shopper: Bexley's former deputy mayor apologises for stripper licence oversight Bexley's former deputy mayor apologises for stripper licence oversight

Bexley's former deputy mayor has apologised for letting a group of strippers perform at her Crayford pub when the licence did not allow it.

Councillor Geraldine Lucia-Hennis told News Shopper it was an "oversight" and she was "open and above board" about when The Charlotte pub was investigated by council officers and police.

News Shopper revealed in March how the Station Road pub was being investigated after the Adonis Caberet Show performed at the pub.

Bexley Council has completed its investigation and said the pub was given a "simple caution" which could influence future prosecutions if there are further offences.

Coun Lucia-Hennis said: "It was an accident as we apologised. We made a mistake by holding the event on a Thursday instead of a Friday, we thought we would be covered.

"When we took this pub over eight years ago it was known as the 'chemist' because of the amount of drugs you could buy and no cabs would pick up from here.

"We shut it for nine months and cleaned it up and since then we have raised more than £48,000 for charities."

A Bexley Council spokesman added: "Evidence of unauthorised activity was obtained, and a meeting took place with the premises licence holder on June 13.

"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’, which was agreed to be the most appropriate and proportionate enforcement action for the case.

"The existence of a formal ‘simple caution’ may influence a future decision to prosecute, and may be taken into consideration by the courts if the person is convicted of a further offence in the future."

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11:45am Tue 15 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

Total codswallop - she sits on the licencing committe and would be welll aware of this. Also her husbang knows all about the licencing for strip shows as he tried to get permission for a place in Sidcup.
Total codswallop - she sits on the licencing committe and would be welll aware of this. Also her husbang knows all about the licencing for strip shows as he tried to get permission for a place in Sidcup. concerned.erith
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Geraldine Lucia-Hennis will now use the name Billy Liar for all council business.

The rules only apply to some piggies.
Geraldine Lucia-Hennis will now use the name Billy Liar for all council business. The rules only apply to some piggies. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -8

12:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Crayman says...

Well…it took a few months didn’t it. Clouding the issue doesn’t help. The fact they raised £ 48,000 for charity is nothing to do with this story. Time and time again they fall back on the fact they raise money using the pub and the fact the pub used to be a dump isn’t relevant either.
I wonder how long it will be before the next “incident”…...
I am sure it will be reported…..it’s a matter of time…..This again demonstrates the people running this pub aren’t capable of keeping it supervised. And why no quote from the Major on the illegal fundraising….could it be because her charity benefited ?
Next licence review this needs to be considered....
Well…it took a few months didn’t it. Clouding the issue doesn’t help. The fact they raised £ 48,000 for charity is nothing to do with this story. Time and time again they fall back on the fact they raise money using the pub and the fact the pub used to be a dump isn’t relevant either. I wonder how long it will be before the next “incident”…... I am sure it will be reported…..it’s a matter of time…..This again demonstrates the people running this pub aren’t capable of keeping it supervised. And why no quote from the Major on the illegal fundraising….could it be because her charity benefited ? Next licence review this needs to be considered.... Crayman
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

HearTheFacts says...

This is a Bexley Council cover up, with the Bexley Police. To which Bexley Council control, nothing is going to happen. You have seen nothing yet, wait for it, its coming!.

All those that vote conservative, remember the first three letters. Yes its CON, or add the S for CONS. Cons only vote for Cons!.
This is a Bexley Council cover up, with the Bexley Police. To which Bexley Council control, nothing is going to happen. You have seen nothing yet, wait for it, its coming!. All those that vote conservative, remember the first three letters. Yes its CON, or add the S for CONS. Cons only vote for Cons!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: -22

1:17pm Tue 15 Jul 14

molsey says...

"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’.

Should have been a medal, where's the harm.
"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’. Should have been a medal, where's the harm. molsey
  • Score: 46

1:47pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Wiff180 says...

molsey wrote:
"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’.

Should have been a medal, where's the harm.
Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....
[quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: "The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’. Should have been a medal, where's the harm.[/p][/quote]Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say..... Wiff180
  • Score: -5

5:05pm Tue 15 Jul 14

robsam says...

concerned.erith wrote:
Total codswallop - she sits on the licencing committe and would be welll aware of this. Also her husbang knows all about the licencing for strip shows as he tried to get permission for a place in Sidcup.
What a load of rubbish !!! I was in the pub game for over 20yrs and did many an "Entertainment" night. Everyone who is involved in the pub game knows the do"s and dont"s of their licence inside out. This seems like a case of "Dont worry we"ll makes loads of money and if we get caught we will only get a warning. Well you got caught - wait till the renewal date for the licence starts getting nearer. Be Warned - you are being watched now....
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: Total codswallop - she sits on the licencing committe and would be welll aware of this. Also her husbang knows all about the licencing for strip shows as he tried to get permission for a place in Sidcup.[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish !!! I was in the pub game for over 20yrs and did many an "Entertainment" night. Everyone who is involved in the pub game knows the do"s and dont"s of their licence inside out. This seems like a case of "Dont worry we"ll makes loads of money and if we get caught we will only get a warning. Well you got caught - wait till the renewal date for the licence starts getting nearer. Be Warned - you are being watched now.... robsam
  • Score: 0

5:07pm Tue 15 Jul 14

robsam says...

What a load of rubbish. Wait till you renew your licence Mr + Mrs Clever cloggs. Rules are rules....
What a load of rubbish. Wait till you renew your licence Mr + Mrs Clever cloggs. Rules are rules.... robsam
  • Score: 0

5:18pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Whitewash. Another case of the Police and the Council acting together in their partnership I bet.

Ignorance is no defence.

She should be stripped of her licence.
Whitewash. Another case of the Police and the Council acting together in their partnership I bet. Ignorance is no defence. She should be stripped of her licence. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: -5

10:59pm Tue 15 Jul 14

molsey says...

Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’.

Should have been a medal, where's the harm.
Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....
So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.
[quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: "The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’. Should have been a medal, where's the harm.[/p][/quote]Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....[/p][/quote]So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike. molsey
  • Score: 26

11:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

molsey says...

Lady Boy Erastusia wrote:
Whitewash. Another case of the Police and the Council acting together in their partnership I bet.

Ignorance is no defence.

She should be stripped of her licence.
No point stripping her, 2 wrongs don't make a right.
[quote][p][bold]Lady Boy Erastusia[/bold] wrote: Whitewash. Another case of the Police and the Council acting together in their partnership I bet. Ignorance is no defence. She should be stripped of her licence.[/p][/quote]No point stripping her, 2 wrongs don't make a right. molsey
  • Score: 28

9:51am Wed 16 Jul 14

Wiff180 says...

molsey wrote:
Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’.

Should have been a medal, where's the harm.
Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....
So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.
The fact you see nothing wrong in this says a lot about the sort of person you are.
[quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: "The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’. Should have been a medal, where's the harm.[/p][/quote]Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....[/p][/quote]So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.[/p][/quote]The fact you see nothing wrong in this says a lot about the sort of person you are. Wiff180
  • Score: -13

5:18pm Wed 16 Jul 14

molsey says...

Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’.

Should have been a medal, where's the harm.
Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....
So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.
The fact you see nothing wrong in this says a lot about the sort of person you are.
I am 66, male and from 17 the sort of person that was brought up on live music and comedy in SE & East London pubs. I also class male and female strippers as entertainment, anyone who doesn't like it is free not to enter or leave.
The Council Pub licencing regime brought in some years back restricting number of members in a band has crushed local live music UK wide and with very few venues for young musicians to get a gig UK music has died. The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many many more that we all know and love all started out in pubs.
[quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: "The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’. Should have been a medal, where's the harm.[/p][/quote]Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....[/p][/quote]So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.[/p][/quote]The fact you see nothing wrong in this says a lot about the sort of person you are.[/p][/quote]I am 66, male and from 17 the sort of person that was brought up on live music and comedy in SE & East London pubs. I also class male and female strippers as entertainment, anyone who doesn't like it is free not to enter or leave. The Council Pub licencing regime brought in some years back restricting number of members in a band has crushed local live music UK wide and with very few venues for young musicians to get a gig UK music has died. The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many many more that we all know and love all started out in pubs. molsey
  • Score: 28

7:26am Thu 17 Jul 14

Wiff180 says...

molsey wrote:
Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’.

Should have been a medal, where's the harm.
Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....
So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.
The fact you see nothing wrong in this says a lot about the sort of person you are.
I am 66, male and from 17 the sort of person that was brought up on live music and comedy in SE & East London pubs. I also class male and female strippers as entertainment, anyone who doesn't like it is free not to enter or leave.
The Council Pub licencing regime brought in some years back restricting number of members in a band has crushed local live music UK wide and with very few venues for young musicians to get a gig UK music has died. The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many many more that we all know and love all started out in pubs.
That's all very interesting, but I was making the point she is an elected official who broke her licence for her own gain. You think that's ok?
[quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: "The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’. Should have been a medal, where's the harm.[/p][/quote]Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....[/p][/quote]So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.[/p][/quote]The fact you see nothing wrong in this says a lot about the sort of person you are.[/p][/quote]I am 66, male and from 17 the sort of person that was brought up on live music and comedy in SE & East London pubs. I also class male and female strippers as entertainment, anyone who doesn't like it is free not to enter or leave. The Council Pub licencing regime brought in some years back restricting number of members in a band has crushed local live music UK wide and with very few venues for young musicians to get a gig UK music has died. The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many many more that we all know and love all started out in pubs.[/p][/quote]That's all very interesting, but I was making the point she is an elected official who broke her licence for her own gain. You think that's ok? Wiff180
  • Score: -5

11:02am Thu 17 Jul 14

molsey says...

Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
Wiff180 wrote:
molsey wrote:
"The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’.

Should have been a medal, where's the harm.
Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....
So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.
The fact you see nothing wrong in this says a lot about the sort of person you are.
I am 66, male and from 17 the sort of person that was brought up on live music and comedy in SE & East London pubs. I also class male and female strippers as entertainment, anyone who doesn't like it is free not to enter or leave.
The Council Pub licencing regime brought in some years back restricting number of members in a band has crushed local live music UK wide and with very few venues for young musicians to get a gig UK music has died. The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many many more that we all know and love all started out in pubs.
That's all very interesting, but I was making the point she is an elected official who broke her licence for her own gain. You think that's ok?
Oh, that harmless minor detail. You really should make your points clearer.
[quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: "The premises licence holder was given a formal ‘simple caution’. Should have been a medal, where's the harm.[/p][/quote]Medal for what ? Deputy Major breaks her licence....great example to set...give her a medal I say.....[/p][/quote]So you would give her a medal too, great minds think alike.[/p][/quote]The fact you see nothing wrong in this says a lot about the sort of person you are.[/p][/quote]I am 66, male and from 17 the sort of person that was brought up on live music and comedy in SE & East London pubs. I also class male and female strippers as entertainment, anyone who doesn't like it is free not to enter or leave. The Council Pub licencing regime brought in some years back restricting number of members in a band has crushed local live music UK wide and with very few venues for young musicians to get a gig UK music has died. The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many many more that we all know and love all started out in pubs.[/p][/quote]That's all very interesting, but I was making the point she is an elected official who broke her licence for her own gain. You think that's ok?[/p][/quote]Oh, that harmless minor detail. You really should make your points clearer. molsey
  • Score: 15
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