Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has become the latest to reject proposals for a late night levy or an early morning alcohol restriction order (EMRO).

The authority’s licensing committee said there was a lack of evidence to justify implementing the schemes.

Clare Eames, of licensing law specialist Poppleston Allen said: “The licensing committee decided against the introduction of a late night levy or an EMRO after hearing about the positive work going on in the town centre to tackle alcohol related problems.

“We understand that it was decided that there was not enough evidence to justify implementing either scheme. In addition, Dorset Police did not support the proposals and referred to a number of initiatives that had been implemented to tackle problems, including the launch of the Best Bar None accreditation scheme this year, the Pubwatch group, enhanced patrols and a voluntary reduction in licensing hours by some premises.”