Pubs in the south of England are the latest to join the Noise Abatement Society’s Soundsense project, which aims to keep drinkers and clubbers quiet when they leave venues at night.

Seven pubs in the region are due to join in the next week, with more expected over the coming months.

For £100 membership fee venues receive posters, beer mats and use of mediation services between themselves and any aggrieved residents.

Peter Wakeman, the director of the Noise Abatement Society, said: "Landlords need to respect the people living around them. It's not just about pulling a pint - doors need to be closed when customers leave and people need to keep noise to a minimum if they are on the street".

Venues in Leeds and Birmingham, have also expressed an interest in the scheme.