Man woke find £98k missing from bank account after drink ‘spiked’ in London strip club Vanity

Man woke find £98k missing from bank account after drink ‘spiked’ in London strip club Vanity

Man wakes up to find £98,000 missing from his bank account after ‘his drink was spiked’ in London strip club that now faces closure after 10 ‘victims’ lost £250,000

  • Up to 10 victims ‘spiked’ at Soho strip club Vanity have lost a total of £250,000
  • One man woke up in a brothel and had lost nearly £100,000 from his account
  • Most recently a man woke up on November 26 and found he transferred £19,000
  • Vanity could face closure after Westminster Council report as hearing now due

A man who found £98,000 missing from his bank account is one of the 10 alleged ‘spiking’ victims at a London strip club which now face closure.

Up to ten people who have had their drinks allegedly spiked at Vanity Bar and Nightclub on Carlisle Street in Soho have lost a total of £250,000.

One victim said he woke up in a brothel after a trip to the strip club and discovered that £98,000 had been transferred from his bank accounts.

A man said he woke up on a street near his home after after he blacked out during a visit to the strip club in the most recent incident on November 26 last year.

Up to ten people who have had their drinks allegedly spiked at Vanity Bar and Nightclub on Carlisle Street in Soho have lost a total of £250,000. Pictured: CCTV from Vanity strip club

A man who visited Vanity (CCTV pictured) in November bought a drink but could not remember anything else until he woke up the next day - and found he had transferred more than £19,000 to several unknown bank accounts

A man who visited Vanity (CCTV pictured) in November bought a drink but could not remember anything else until he woke up the next day – and found he had transferred more than £19,000 to several unknown bank accounts

He bought a drink but could not remember anything else until he woke up the next day – and found he had transferred more than £19,000 to several unknown bank accounts.

Vanity took four payments of around £3,000 had been taken by Vanity over the night, according to a Westminster City Council report seen by MyLondon.

A Westminster City Council report into the incident said: ‘In the early hours of November 26, 2022, a male became a victim of drink spiking and theft.’

The report says the victim ‘is of the belief that his drink was spiked or drugged in Vanity’ and that he ‘has no recollection whatsoever of being in Vanity and had not authorised these transactions’.

After he checked Google Maps on his phone he found that he left the club around two hours after arriving, according to a report from Met Police PC Steve Muldoon. 

The man then went to a car wash for two and half hours before being dropped home – but he was not sure how he got home.

A man who found £98,000 missing from his bank account is one the of 10 'spiking' victims Vanity (pictured) which now face closure

A man who found £98,000 missing from his bank account is one the of 10 ‘spiking’ victims Vanity (pictured) which now face closure

Westminster City Council’s licensing meeting on January 9 is set to complete a full review of the club following the incidents.

In light of the alleged incidents, police have asked for the venue to have its licence suspended and Westminster City Council is set to hold the review.

West End councillor Paul Fisher told the Local Democracy Report Service that licenced premises in Westminster should ‘treat the safety of your consumers as a priority’.

‘If you do not, you will suffer the consequences. It is absolutely right that this review hearing take place and I support it wholeheartedly,’ he added.

The council’s report does not have documents from Vanity, but they are reportedly expected to submit a significant quantity of evidence at the review hearing.

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Oliver Price

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