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Martyn Underhill, a former detective chief inspector who is now Dorset’s elected Police Commissioner, has announced on his blog that he is trying to organise commercial sponsorship to help all five police forces in the South-west cope with cuts in their budgets. “The police family in Dorset is living in austere times with a shrinking budget and workforce,” he complains. “We are the lowest funded force and have seen the worst cuts. This is wrong, and I will continue to fight this…. I see huge potential benefits to forming appropriate sponsorship relationships with reputable organisations.”

Mr Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers refused to let him leave Downing Street via the main gate in September last year.

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HIV and hepatitis warning over unlicensed illegal tattooists

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William Roache, child abuse and past lives

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Before becoming Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio won the hearts of the slum people ministering to the poor and sick

Signs of a rethink on America's War on Drugs

Maryland looks likely to follow Washington and decriminalise marijuana

HIV drugs could 'functionally cure' about 10% of early diagnosed patients

Breakthrough follows reports of a baby girl in the US who was 'cured' after very early treatment

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