A week ago, Axegrinder revealed that The News in Rochester, Kent, had run a page-three story about claims a “brothel” was operating from premises above Labour Party offices in the town. The weekly paper ran the story even though the very same edition of The News carried an advert from the alleged operators of the “vice-den”, an outfit called A Touch of Class.
Axegrinder asked editor Christine Rayner if The News would continue to carry adverts in its Adult Services section from A Touch of Class but she failed to respond to our emails.
But seven days on and the latest edition of The News (part of Northcliffe Media) appears … with another advert from A Touch of Class, where “specialist services” start from £60.
A weaker paper might have cancelled the sleazy ads in a knee-jerk reaction to our story, but The News is made of sterner stuff.
Let’s hope Lord Rothermere appreciates this determination to support a small business under fire (not to mention the income from the ads).