DORSET'S new Police and Crime Commissioner will be lobbying government to review budget cuts which he says has put the county at "tipping point".

The force has already made savings of £10 million and now has to make another £10 million before 2014/15.

It has been told it will have to find a further £3 million of savings and could be hit with even more cuts before 2018.

Speaking this morning Martyn Underhill said the force will now be looking to sell older police stations in the county, replacing them with police hubs and handing officers tablets so they can work out and about in the community.

He said: "These are dire times for Dorset and its residents. The potential of further cuts takes us to tipping point."

He will be writing to the Home Secretary and the Chancellor to inform them that further cuts in the coming years will "put public safety at risk".

See the Dorset Echo tomorrow for the full story.