Dudley MP Ian Austin has stepped up his campaign against the closure of Dudley Police Station’s front desk by presenting a 2,200 name petition in Parliament.
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, but official figures show dozens of people visit the station and that it is just as busy as stations elsewhere.
Dudley MP Ian Austin has led the campaign against the closure, launching a petition and meeting with Policing Minister Mike Penning to discuss local concerns.
Dudley Police Station has now been excluded from the latest list of closures with police representatives saying that they are listening “very carefully” to the concerns of campaigners.
Ian Austin said:
“Official figures show our station is just as busy as those elsewhere but closing it would leave Dudley as the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.
“I think that’s completely unacceptable which is why I launched this petition. The fact that 2,200 residents have backed the campaign – including our former superintendent Mr Roger Bagley – shows local people agree.
“Our campaign has kept the station open so far, but we are stepping up our efforts to make sure it stays open for good.”