A Fareham pub has won its fight for the right to party until the early hours - to the dismay of neighbouring residents.

The Brass Monkey has been granted a public entertainment licence to play music until 2am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights every week.

But people living nearby are furious and believe the planned DJ nights will attract more people and increase anti social behaviour which they say is already a problem.

Landlord for six years, Steve Burke, 44, said: "The noise will be no greater than it is at the moment and we don't have any trouble."

He added that if the licence was not granted he might lose out to other pubs that do offer late night drinking and dancing.

But retired civil servant Thomas Gibbs, 71, of Bath Lane said: "People already make a racket singing and shouting when they come down here after the pub at the moment and wake us up. So this will not improve the situation."

The pub plans to keep numbers to 250 a night and will employ four door staff to counter any problem behaviour.

Fareham police said that they had no heightened concerns for public disorder as a result of the licence being granted.

There are three other pubs in Fareham that serve drinks until 2am.

They are the Prague Junction in Station Approach, The Crown in West Street and the Red Lion in East Street.

When the £30m Market Quay development opens there will be a Litten Tree that will be open until 12.30am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and a Chicago Rock Caf open from Monday to Saturday between 11am and 1am and Sundays from 11am to 12.30am.