Weymouth pubs and clubs reduce opening hours
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."