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Daily Record - - INFO - KIRSTIE McSTAY re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

SCOT­LAND’S first sex doll brothel has been scrapped fol­low­ing a back­lash over the sleazy ven­ture.

En­tre­pre­neur Steven Craw­ford has had to cease trade of Date a Doll Ser­vices Limited from his home ad­dress in Hamil­ton after “up­set­ting the neigh­bours”.

The 25-year-old told our sis­ter pa­per the Sun­day Mail he launched the busi­ness this month. It lets pun­ters rent the life­like la­tex model – called Faith – for £60 an hour.

He said: “If some­one thinks, ‘He’s sleazy’, they’re ab­so­lutely en­ti­tled to think that but I re­ally don’t have any qualms about it.”

Since the story, Steven has re­moved the on­line ad.

He said: “The brothel idea seemed to be the most in­ter­est­ing, so I went with the story and have achieved world­wide pub­lic­ity.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I have up­set a few neigh­bours but they’ll no­tice I don’t have any vis­i­tors and I never re­ally in­tended to.

“I would still hire out the doll at an agreed meet­ing point. What­ever they are com­fort­able with.

“I have re­moved my ads and con­tact details. I will re-up­load them when I can be sure it’s le­git­i­mate in­quiries.”

When asked about what pro­ce­dures he will have in place for hir­ing out “Faith”, Steven said: “I would ask clients to use pro­tec­tion and pay a de­posit.

“They don’t have to use pro­tec­tion but I will charge if hy­giene stan­dards are not met.”

Res­i­dents liv­ing near Craw­ford’s home were an­gered by his sex doll ad.

One an­gry res­i­dent said: “This is ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous.

“This kind of thing could af­fect house prices in Quar­ter.

“It is a lovely wee area and we do not want to be as­so­ci­ated with this.”

An­other res­i­dent said: “I don’t even know what to say. There are no words.” Steven said that it was never his in­ten­tion to run a brothel. He said: “It wasn’t re­ally a brothel. I wanted to build trust and pub­lic­ity to es­tab­lish a cus­tomer base and hire out equip­ment.

“I would like to hire it out as op­posed to do­ing it from home.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said they would have con­cerns over the sex doll brothel plan. Shirley Clel­land, head of fleet and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices recog­nise there are po­ten­tial pub­lic health is­sues as­so­ci­ated with this type of busi­ness and will be un­der­tak­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine what ar­range­ments are in place to pro­tect pub­lic health.”

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