News September 2013: Chomping at the bit to ban table dancing
A New criteria of Sexual Entertainment Venue licence is set to be introduced in Scotland and will let councils decide whether they should be allowed. The move comes in
Alex Salmond's government's plans for the next year which included a new Licensing Bill.
Glasgow City Council has called for the power, which would effectively ban lap dancing bars in the city. The council has been seeking
ways to close down lap dancing clubs, but has been powerless as there was no specific legislation that put the bars and clubs in a separate category.
A spokesman said:
Glasgow has been consistent in calling for
local authorities to have the power to refuse licences for places of sexual entertainment and so this announcement is welcome.
However, we will want to look very closely at what is proposed to ensure that the legislation will
deliver on what is intended.
39 Mitchell Street Glasgow G1 3LN
News January 2017: Closed
Diamonds Dolls has had its licence suspended with immediate effect after the local authority was told the dancer, dressed only in a bra and jeans and intoxicated, had been dragged from the premises
by stewards following a row with management. It will only be permitted to reopen when Police Scotland and licensing officials in Glasgow are satisfied it has tightened its internal procedures.
News November 2014: Assets frozen
As a result of police investigations, the owner of Diamond Dolls has had his assets frozen by prosecutors as part of a proceeds of crime investigation. However no charges were brought and the club continued.
2014: Police raid
Scottish police raided the venue after some supposed connection with trafficking. Inevitably they found nothing apart from a personal cannabis stash and a member of staff found with an offensive weapon, presumably
for self protection.
News February 2014: As seen on TV
Channel 4's brand new documentary series Strippers certainly got the telly audiences talking on Tuesday night, as the real lives of a group of strippers
working in Glasgow's famous Diamond Dolls club were charted.
In the first episode, the spotlight was on Diamond Dolls, a lap danlwhich is spread over three floors and employs over 40 dancers.
Viewers watched as the girls who are employed
with the club explained their reasons behind working there, including one of the dancers who admitted her parents would be less than happy if they found out about her real employment.