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Weymouth Bars Urged To Carry On With 5am Closure

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12:46pm 16th June 2014

It's hoped the 7 Weymouth pubs and clubs who signed up to a voluntary scheme to close at 5am will carry on with their pledge.

The bars have been shutting their doors earlier to cut down on alcohol fuelled trouble and to stop drinkers bumping into early morning tourists.

Premises that have signed up so far include: The Nook, The Lazy Lizard, Actors, Dolce Vita, Goldfingers, Dusk, Tuatara-Bar/The Closet.

Councillor Mike Goodman is responsible for community safety - he's backing the scheme which he says is working.

"We would like to praise the responsible actions of the pubs and clubs in Weymouth which have signed up to the scheme.

"This is showing a commitment from licensees and statutory organisations to ensure Weymouth is an enjoyable and safe place to go out at night.

"Those involved voluntarily reduced their opening hours which we hope will reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre at night, but also ensure our night time economy remains vibrant."

Keith Treggiden, chairman of Weymouth Pubwatch, said: "The bars are working together to reduce the times of operation and have implemented some changes, one of these changes is closing at 5am instead of 7am.

"Security Teams are used to disperse people quietly and guide them to taxis, along with keeping noise to a minimum. The bars have done this at their own cost but with the full support of Weymouth Pubwatch.

"We as Pubwatch are committed to a safer Weymouth and are working together with Dorset Police and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in trialling initiatives to that extent."

Inspector Pete Browning of Weymouth Police, said: "This is a positive step towards achieving our joint goal of making Weymouth a safe and friendly place for people to visit.

"As the new Neighbourhood Inspector for Weymouth and Portland I have started to make contact through Pubwatch and work closely with our licensees.

"It's refreshing to see many premises taking this voluntary step to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area, and should be commended for their encouraging action in protecting their community."

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