Vicar hits out at council’s ban on lapdancing clubs

Paul Turp, a vicar who provided inspiration for a hit TV series about a maverick clergyman, has attacked a local authority ban on strippers, lap dancers and sex shops in his parish.

The vicar, who provides refuge for 17 homeless people, as well as caring for alcoholics, addicts and prostitutes, strongly criticised a London council for attempting to “impose a moral code” on residents and visitors, the Independent writes.

Reverend Turp, of St Leonard’s Church in London’s Shoreditch, added that the new policy will “push the business underground, resulting in more women working dangerously on the streets” and will add to the people who turn to his church for help.

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