Weymouth Pubs Agree to Stop Serving Alcohol Earlier
8:15am 19th December 2013
Last orders are going to be called earlier in a number of Weymouth Town Centre pubs and clubs.
7 licensed premises have voluntarily agreed to stop serving alcohol at 5am.
The new curfew is aimed at stopping night time party goers mixing with families who want to enjoy the seafront in the early morning.
Cllr Geoff Petherick, Brief Holder for Community Safety at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "We are very pleased that seven premises have signed up voluntarily to the scheme.
"This represents an important step forward in our aims to prevent anti-social behaviour in the town centre at night, yet keep the balance with ensuring our night time economy remains vibrant."
Pubs and clubs in the scheme are expected to finish alcohol sales by 5am and have their premises cleared by 5.15am.
Premises that have signed up so far include: The Nook, The Lazy Lizard, Actors, Dolce Vita, Goldfingers, Dusk, Tuatara-Bar/The Closet.
Acting Inspector Neil Wood of Weymouth Police, said: " This is a really positive move for Weymouth and gives a clear break between where the night time economy ends, and the day time economy starts- this will reduce crime and the fear of crime in Weymouth."
The pilot scheme will operate from January 2014 for an initial six months before being evaluated as to whether it could be rolled out permanently.