A BOURNEMOUTH nightclub that is refusing to change its glasses to polycarbonate plastic will go before the licensing board on Friday.

Censo in Hinton Road says that serving drinks in plastic glasses "creates an impression in customers' minds that that is provided to them because the management expect a certain level of behaviour".

Dorset Police are applying to Bournemouth council's licensing board to review the conditions of the license on grounds of the prevention of crime and disorder and for public safety.

In a report to be put before the board, Dorset Police state that the serving of drinks in polycarbonate glasses is "wholly appropriate" following two glassing incidents there this year.

Following the first incident on February 14, representatives from the venue met Bournemouth police.

The report states that Censo, owned by Candu Entertainment Limited, was requested to make the switch to polycarbonate as a solution not only to deliberate glassing incidents but also because, due to the design of the venue, glasses could be dropped from the first floor balcony on to customers below.

Another request was made after the second incident, the report says.

In a letter, solicitor Susanna Poppleston, acting on behalf of the owner and operator, said: "Candu are reluctant to operate an across-the-board switch to plastic glasses for a venue where they are striving to create an image which attracts a more responsible, and more quality-seeking customer base.

"In premises which regularly serve cocktails and champagne, and a decent quality of behaviour is expected from their customers, it would be surprising to be served drinks in such a glass."

The Daily Echo launched its Call Time on Glass campaign in April urging all bars, clubs and pubs in Bournemouth town centre to switch from glass to polycarbonate plastic.