Dorset

Weymouth pubs and clubs reduce opening hours

Weymouth seafront Image copyright E Gammie
Image caption Authorities were concerned about the crossover of revellers and morning visitors to the seafront

Pubs and clubs in Weymouth have agreed to permanently reduce their opening hours to create a "gap" between night-time revellers and morning visitors.

Licensed premises in the seafront town have committed to closing at 05:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays after some used to stay open until 07:00.

Venues will close at 04:00 during the remainder of the week.

It follows a trial scheme last year to reduce trading hours after an increase in anti-social and violent crime.

Insp Pete Browning, from Dorset Police, said problems included people urinating on the beach, being sick and starting fights.

His colleague Sgt Christine Gould added: "The agreed changes will provide a clear and distinct gap between the night-time economy and those using the town during the day.

"I have no doubt that these changes will assist in further reducing anti-social behaviour and violent crime in the town during the hours of darkness."

Keith Treggiden, chair of the Pubwatch scheme, said a couple of venues were still reluctant to sign up but did not open past 05:00 anyway.

He added: "Our members have agreed to lose trading hours in the hope that we can work together to make a safer Weymouth."

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