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Glasgow club has seven days to remove two-way mirror in toilets

The Shimmy Club, operated by G1 Group, had allowed patrons to spy into the women's toilets.

Screenshot of the website of the Shimmy nightclub in Glasgow's Royal Exchange Square, at centre of controversy over two-way mirror in women's toilets.

A Glasgow club that installed a two-way mirror allowing patrons to spy into the women's toilets has had its licence suspended for a week.

The Shimmy Club in Royal Exchange Square now has seven days to satisfy Police Scotland and licensing standards officers that the mirror has been removed.

Venue staff will also have to undergo equal opportunity training under Friday's ruling at Glasgow Licensing Board.

The hearing was called after complaints were made about the mirror in May. Clubbers said that there were no notices or signs to inform women that they could be spied on by people who had booked private booths on the other side of the mirror.

A report from Licensing Standards officers said that the installation and operation of the mirror was an "inappropriate breach" of licensing conditions that had the potential to "cause undue public nuisance in the form of inappropriate or predatory behaviour".

Officers also noted that the mirror breached the licence's provisions to protect children, as under-18s could be viewed through it during youth discos or when young people were in the venue to have meals with their families.

During the hearing, the board heard that the club had posted on its Facebook page that there were signs informing club-goers of the mirror – a statement that was refuted by licensing officers.

Operators G1 Group, with managing director Stefan King in attendance, asked for a suspension for 14 days to allow for an appeal. However, this was refused along with a request to keep the upper floor of the club open during the suspension.

The licence for the premises was also varied so that under-18s would not now be able to access the downstairs area.

In his submission to the board on behalf of G1 Group, Archie McIver described the firm as being "innovative".

He said the premises under review had recently undergone a £300k refit and that "London designers had been asked to create a talking point within the premises. And boy, did they achieve that".

G1, he said, was "one of the most responsible operators in the country and are in the vanguard of licensing safety initiatives" across their 40 premises in Scotland.

He added: "There is no history of non-compliance on behalf of this licensee. The mirror has been dealt with. It is not likely to re-occur due to the adverse publicity and also from the track record of cooperation over the past 23 years.

"They are not in anyway contemplating doing this again. Lessons have been learned and without a shadow of doubt, there will be no repetitions of this incident."

Mr McIver said that he believed no action should be taken, but added "If it is felt that the board has to do something then there should be nothing more than a warning.

"The lesson has been learned, the problem resolved. If imposing a penalty is punitive measure then that is not what the act is designed to achieve."

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