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In a blog on his website, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill says he is considering seeking private sponsors to help support the police force.
– Martyn Underhill, Dorset Polie and Crime Commissioner
The police family in Dorset is living in austere times with a shrinking budget and workforce. Despite those challenges, we are maintaining an efficient and effective service for Dorset. However, our funding needs to be readdressed and I continue to lobby the government for extra funds. We are the lowest funded force and have seen the worst cuts. This is wrong, and I will continue to fight this."
Commissioner Underhill said he had discussed the potential of sponsorship with one partner and had looked at a possible sponsorship arrangement involving all five PCCs in the South West.
He said he had already been contacted by other Police and Crime Commissioners who were interested in the idea.
Click video. Pupils past and present were among hundreds of mourners at the funeral of a headteacher who was killed in a collision involving a fire engine in Dorset.
The funeral of a Dorset head teacher killed in a car crash is about to begin.
Ally Mullany was travelling on the B3075 near Wareham when she was involved in a collision with a fire engine, which had been called to the scene of another fatal accident.
The funeral is due to take place today of a Dorset head teacher killed in a car crash. Ally Mullany was travelling on the B3075 near Wareham when she was involved in a collision with a fire engine, which had been called to the scene of another fatal accident.
Mrs Mullany was in charge of St Joseph's Catholic Combined School at Parkstone.
Pupils in Dorset will return to school today after their head teacher was killed in a road accident with a fire engine.
Ally Mullany has been described as "inspirational, positive and determined", having started her role at St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole, in April 2008.
She died in the head-on crash on Sunday morning, half a mile from where a man was also killed after his car struck a tree earlier that day.
The fire engine was making its way to the first emergency when the second crash occurred, Dorset Police said.
The school was closed yesterday, yet many children arrived with flowers for their former head teacher.
Pupils and parents have been mourning the death of their headteacher in a car crash.
Ally Mullany was in charge of St Joseph's Catholic Combine School in the Parkstone area of Poole in Dorset. She died when her car and a fire engine collided on Sunday 13 April.
The fire engine had been on its way to the scene of an earlier fatal crash nearby. Sarah Cooper reports.
Dorset Fire and Rescue has issued a statement after one of its engines was involved in a crash which killed headteacher Ally Mullany.
Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter said: “Dorset Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to an RTC near Morden Park Corner on the A35.
“Whilst responding to this incident, a fire appliance collided with a car.
"Two occupants of this vehicle were taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. We understand that sadly, the third occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those involved in this tragic incident.
“Dorset Police will be conducting a full investigation into this incident and we will assist them wherever we can.
"As this matter is under police investigation, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”
Children at a school in Dorset have been paying tribute to their headteacher who was killed in a car crash at the weekend.
St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole, has been closed for the day as a mark of respect for Ally Mullany - who died on the morning of Sunday 14 April. A steady stream of children and their parents have been laying down flowers at the school in tribute to her.
Sarah Cooper sent this report from the school. Her interviewees aree Hugh Fogarty, Chairman of Governors, and Angela Maddley, one of the school parents.