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Dorset Police Commissioner calls for drink-drive limit to be lowered

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The Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on the government to lower the drink-drive limit.

One in four drivers involved in fatal accidents in the county this year were under the influence of alcohol, drugs or even both.

Martyn Underhill says the current limit is too generous and wants the limit to be the same as that in the rest of Europe.

A majority of European countries, including Denmark and Bulgaria, have a blood alcohol content limit of 0.05%, while England, Wales and Northern Ireland have a limit of 0.08% or 35 micrograms per 100ml of breath, and Scotland 22 micrograms per 100ml of breath.

A separate investigation had revealed that more motorists are being charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas.

Between June 2016 and May 2017, there was a drink-drive charge rate in Dorset of 6.91 per a population of 10,000.

Police investigating Weymouth town centre assault

Police have released a CCTV image of a potential suspect. Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Weymouth are investigating an assault in the town centre.

Officers say a Weymouth man in his 40s was assaulted on Saturday night by an unknown man outside of the Nautico Lounge in St Thomas Street.

It is believed he was struck by his own crutches.

The victim suffered serious head and back injuries and is currently in a life-threatening condition in hospital.

The suspect, who was captured on town centre CCTV, is described as a white man with short hair and was wearing a dark coloured T-shirt, blue shorts and light coloured trainers.

Detective Sergeant Mark Portelli, of Weymouth CID says police are seeking witnesses.

We have also not recovered the victim’s crutches and I would urge anyone who might have information as to where these might be to contact us.

– Detective Sergeant Mark Portelli

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Dorset Police at


Dancing policeman always on the beat

A video of a policeman having a dance-off with festival-goers has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times online.

The viral clip shows Special Constable Jason Cox 'Dad dancing' at Camp Bestival. It was shared by Dorset Police on Twitter.

Who won the dance off? Take a look at the full video below:

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Technical fault takes out Dorset Police's 101 number

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Police in Dorset Police say their 101 service is currently unavailable due to a technical fault.

The issue was reported to police at around 1pm today and is currently being investigated.

The emergency 999 number is unaffected.

We do not currently know when the service will resume, however we are doing everything we can to identify the fault and quickly ensure a normal service is resumed.

Remember, if your call is an emergency, i.e. a threat to life, or if a crime is in progress, always call 999.

– Dorset Police

Non-emergency enquiries can be emailed to

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