A Melbourne strip club may face penalties for reportedly allowing a teenage girl to work in its cloakroom.
A bikie who set fire to the Kittens strip club in Melbourne's southeast has apologised to the owners and asked for a short jail sentence so he can turn his life around. Comancheros treasurer Mark Ahern, 33, on Friday apologised to the owners of Kittens strip club at Caulfield South for the blaze he and an associate started in February
That a brazen daylight shooting can spark both fear and relief is of how deeply disaffected residents and businesses have become with the continued existence of the Kittens strip club chain.
In the latest attack on Friday, a masked gunman opened fire on the South Melbourne venue in the middle of the afternoon, pumping three bullets into the facade that is just metres from the entrance to a busy shopping centre. The Kittens club in South Melbourne after the shooting on Friday. Credit: Eddie Jim. It was the third time in less than a year the Cecil Street club has been peppered with bullets, but the first where the attack was in broad daylight.
This time no one was hurt, unlike in January when a security guard was hit in the head by pellets from a drive-by shotgun blast. Police at the scene of the Kittens strip club in South Melbourne. At 3pm on Friday, a gunman stepped from a car parked at the kerb to fire across a footpath routinely used by residents in nearby apartment towers to reach the supermarket, retailers and the South Melbourne market. Police had hardly left the scene on Friday before the bullet holes had been spackled over and painted.
Kittens strip club @ south melbourne
The club opened for business that night, seemingly chalking the incident up to the cost of doing business. A policeman at the Kittens club in South Melbourne. It's not stopping, it's getting worse.
What's next, a firebombing? That's exactly what happened in February at the Caulfield venue, which went up in flames just after its 3am closing time.
a club insider explains why kittens strip ts are being attacked
Some Caulfield locals say the shock of that attack has given way to relief that the gutted club has still not reopened. Thanks to a bizarre planning decision, Kittens has kept its prime spot in the midst of a village-style row of shops on Glen Huntly Road right next to hairdressing salons, cafes and take-away restaurants.
The alleged arsonist is Mark Ahern, a suspected associate of the Comanchero bikie gang. The year-old is the only person to be charged for the four attacks on Kittens, which may or may not be related. Victoria Police has suggested the firebombing and shooting may be part of a larger extortion racket being waged by bikies on security industry operators that hold contracts to guard the clubs.
But who is staging the attacks is not nearly as important to locals as the desire for them to simply stop. Nearly everyone willing to talk about what it's like living and working next to the Kittens chain is afraid to be publicly identified.
They just want to be left out of it.
Attacks on Kittens strip club 'not stopping, getting worse'. Please try again later. The Age. By Chris Vedelago Updated May 21, — 2.
Teen girl 'worked melbourne kittens strip club cloakroom'
Save Log inregister or subscribe to save articles for later. Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size. this article.