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Alcohol delivery service rejected

Chris Davis (left) and Jacob Scott
Mr Davis and Mr Scott said they will reapply in January

Licensing chiefs in Dorset have rejected a round-the-clock alcohol home delivery service after concerns were raised about potential disorder.

After Hours, a business set up by young friends Jacob Scott and Chris Davis, would have seen beer, wine and spirits delivered to homes 24 hours a day.

Bournemouth Borough Council rejected the idea, but the pair will reapply.

Councillor Andrew Morgan said it was refused because "risks and controls" had not been properly considered.

Mr Scott, from After Hours, said he and his business partner came up with the idea to help combat drink driving in the town and that the idea had taken off elsewhere.

He said: "What we need is a service where you don't have to drive to get alcohol if you have already had a few drinks. We will come to you."

'Admire spirit'

Dorset Police spoke against the proposal at the council's licensing committee hearing.

Sgt Adrian Thompson said alcohol was controlled in certain night spot areas across the town.

He said: "The home travelling side will bring that into communities where people want to sleep at night... and carrying on noisy parties or the sound of delivery people in the street just disturbs some people and causes them some distress."

Mr Scott and Mr Davis said they will reapply to the council in January after reassessing their business proposal.

Councillor Andrew Morgan said: "Whilst we really admire the entrepreneurial spirit of the two gentlemen making the application, we felt that they hadn't considered the risks and controls properly, and for those reasons we felt we are right to say no to the application."



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