Britannia Hotels' Nottingham site has been handed a Child Sexual Exploitation order by police after the location was reportedly implicated in multiple incidents involving minors.
The warning follows 16 incidents involving children and 70 police reports naming the hotel between May 2017 and December 2018. The move compels hotel management to provide police with information about guests, including their names and addresses.
Nottinghamshire Police have reported a wide range of issues relating to the site, from noise and anti-social behaviour to missing persons and child safeguarding.
Detective chief inspector Peter Quinn, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "We issued this warning notice to the Britannia Hotel after it came to our attention that the hotel was featuring disproportionately in police incidents.
"It has been issued as a preventative measure, not as a punishment, but these notices do compel hotels to do certain things which we hope will prevent people from using these premises in the future for the purpose of sexually exploiting children.
"In my view, we have not seen enough improvement since the first time we spoke to the Britannia Hotel. That has compelled us to pursue this order so that we can support them in improving their arrangements."
Quinn said that police had worked with the city's hotels on child protection matters and found them "overwhelmingly positive"
Under section 116 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, officers can issue orders in instances where a hotel is a site of child sexual exploitation, or is a site used for "conduct that is preparatory to, or otherwise connected with, child sexual exploitation". The Britannia is the first site in Nottingham to be levelled with such an order.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Britannia Hotels said: "We fully support the initiative concerned within the Nottingham City area. We are working with the Police."Get The Caterer every week on your smartphone, tablet, or even in good old-fashioned hard copy (or all three!).