Harrogate council has banned men-only sessions at its historic Turkish Baths after reports of "inappropriate behaviour" - as officials admit covering up the incidents to protect the spa town's reputation.
The North Yorkshire town's Turkish Baths have offered single-sex sessions, as well as mixed sessions, since they opened back in 1897. They are one of only seven Victorian baths still in existence.
Harrogate Council announced last month that it would be ending the all-male sessions in January, blaming finances. But a councillor has now admitted covering up complaints about the antics of some bathers - saying she didn't want to ruin the town's good name.
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