London strip club closed down after man woke up missing £98k after 'drink was spiked'
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The Vanity Bar and Nightclub in Soho, London is being closed for the next three months after allegations from multiple customers who claim to have had their drinks spiked and money taken out of their bank accounts.
Several men have said they woke up in an unfamiliar location with a mysterious big money payment made from their account.
Those claiming to be victims say they have no memory of what happened to them but woke up with multiple payments totalling hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds going out of their bank accounts.
Club manager Lorraine Forman was stripped of her title as designated premises supervisor, with the Met Police submitting evidence which led Westminster City Council to opt for a three-month closure.
The strip club was almost shut down permanently, but has instead had its licence suspended for three months and must stick to 23 new conditions laid out by Westminster Council
Among the conditions imposed are new standards of CCTV footage and annual visits from the police, along with regular logs of crimes committed on inside the club.
This includes keeping a count of the drugs seized on the premises, which customers have been thrown out and on which occasions the emergency services had to make a visit.
A legal representative for Vanity has claimed the 'vast bulk' of payments made were to companies which were not connected to the strip club.
They claimed the men who visited the club and made allegations were trying to make up excuses to explain their bank account activity to their wives and girlfriends.
The combined total of alleged payments made from the bank accounts of club punters who claim to have had their drinks spiked is around £250K.
Among the allegations was one anonymous punter who claimed he'd lost a whopping £98K from his bank account after his drink had been spiked.
Another man says he woke up on a street near his house after buying a drink in the strip club on 26 November with no idea how he got there and £19K from his bank account paid out to several accounts he didn't know.
Police officers investigating the incident said the man used Google Maps to track his journey throughout the night, apparently leaving the strip club around two hours after arriving and spending almost two and a half hours at a car wash.
Someone else claimed to have woken up around £37.5K poorer, while another two men each allege they were missing £30K after a trip to the Vanity Bar and Nightclub.
LADbible has contacted Vanity Bar and Nightclub for comment.