Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin presents 2,000 signature police station petition to Minister

Dudley MP Ian Austin will present a 2,000 signature petition against the closure of Dudley Police Station’s front desk to the Policing Minister on Wednesday.

West Midlands Police announced in November that Dudley Police Station would be one of twenty seven across the region that are set to have their front offices closed to the public within 12 months.

The closure would leave Dudley as the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.

West Midlands Police says the closures are necessary to protect police numbers in the face of funding cuts.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has led the campaign against the closure, launching a petition and securing a meeting with Home Office Ministers at a meeting of the Home Affairs Committee before Christmas.

Anyone wishing to add their name to the petition can do so here.

Ian Austin said:

"There’s huge opposition to these plans in Dudley so I’m pleased that the Policing Minister is meeting me to discuss their concerns.

"It is completely unacceptable that Dudley could become the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.

"Thousands of local people are backing my campaign because they know these cuts will mean fewer police on the streets, fewer offenders brought before court and fewer criminals put in jail."

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