5 January, 2017
British dancer, 29, found dead after private party at Australian strip club
Article witten by SCN. Additional content from telegraph.co.uk.
Police in Australia are investigating the death of a 29-year-old British dancer who was found in a strip club after partying with several men on a Sunday, when the venue is typically closed.
Stacey Tierney, a fitness instructor from Manchester who was working at the Dreams Gentlemen's Club in the centre of Melbourne, had reportedly been drinking and partying with a group of men.
Police confirmed they were investigating the incident and that a post-mortem will be conducted.
Officers are reportedly examining security footage from the club but it is understood the venue's private areas are not covered by cameras.
The investigation will be overseen by the homicide squad, according to a report in Melbourne's Herald Sun.
"The exact circumstances surrounding the English woman's death are yet to be determined and a post-mortem will be conducted," a police spokeswoman said.
"Investigators have spoken to her family, and the homicide squad are aware of the investigation."
The club, which says it is closed on Sundays and Mondays except for "major events", has not commented on the incident.
"She was so fit and loved dancing, a cousin, named only as Colleen, told the Manchester Evening News."
It describes itself as "Melbourne's finest tabletop dancing venue, housing a selection of the most exquisite ladies".
Ms Tierney, who moved to Australia three years ago and had worked at clubs in other cities, was described by her family as "a free spirit and such a lovely soul".
"She was so fit and loved dancing," a cousin, named only as Colleen, told the Manchester Evening News.
"She came back for Christmas last year. She had been working as a fitness instructor but she decided she was going to reapply and she was accepted back on a student visa."
The family is raising money through a GoFundMe page to bring her body back to Britain and has raised more than £11,000.
"Stacey was living her life to the full in Australia and she has made a huge impact on everyone who knew her," the page says. "At the moment her family are still in shock and are trying to get there heads around what has happened."
Dreams, which opened in 2008, has refused to comment on the death of Ms Tierney but continued to update its Facebook page with postings about upcoming events such as "Super poker Tuesdays".
A friend and fellow dancer, named as Ashley, told the Herald Sun: "I personally hope someone is charged for this. I'd like to see them punished".