Police and householders are objecting to an application for a Birkenhead store to sell booze.

A petition against the proposal has been signed by 268 residents and received by Wirral Council's licensing panel.

The applicant has asked for permission to sell alcohol from 6am to 11pm, seven days a week.

But neighbours living near the JSM store, at the corner of Glover Street and Woodchurch Road, fear anti-social behaviour will increase if the request is granted.

A report to be studied by licensing councillors says residents are also worried under-age drinking could increase - Merseyside Police say there already is a problem with street-drinkers in the area.

Officers have expressed concerns that "licensing objectives" - which include prevention of crime, disorder and public nuisance - will not be upheld if the bid is granted.

The licensing committee will discuss the application when it meets at Wallasey town hall next Thursday.