A man is claiming to have been raped in a gay sauna, according to police.

Detectives are investigating the allegation which an 18 year old said took place inside the Pleasuredrome in Waterloo.

He says he was attacked last Sunday by an older man inside the 24 hour establishment, which promotes itself as the best sauna for gay and bisexual men.

A police spokesman said: “The venue was closed temporarily because it was believed that the suspect was still inside.”

“With the full co-operation of the management and patrons, the suspect was subsequently identified and arrested. “

“A 24-year-old man was taken into custody at Kennington police station where he remains.”

Police thanked staff at the sauna for their co-operation and encouraged witnesses to contact them in confidence.