MPs in Bahrain are making a fresh bid to ban alcohol in the country, according to reports.

Lawmakers from the Middle East island have unanimously approved an urgent plan calling for the Government to phase out alcohol, Gulf Daily News reported this week. The proposal has been referred to the country's Cabinet.

The move is part of an effort to crackdown on "sleaze" in the country, including prostitution.

MP Khalid Al Maloud said: "Bahrain is violating Islam with the sale of alcohol and by allowing sleaze in the open.”

Bahrain's Parliament previously tried to ban alcohol in 2010, but the move was vetoed, it was reported.

Earlier this week, it emerged that customs officials from Bahrain's neighbour, Saudi Arabia, seized around 17,000 bottles of smuggled vodka. Alcohol is already banned in Saudi Arabia, under Islamic law.