Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin slams government on police station closures

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed the government over plans to close police stations across the West Midlands to the public.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday, Austin demanded that Home Secretary Theresa May comes before Parliament to address concerns that local people will no longer be able to speak to officers face-to-face.

Austin has launched a campaign against the closure of Dudley Police Station’s front office that would leave Dudley as the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.

His petition against the closure has already been signed by 500 people in just one day, and he has written to West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson calling for a halt to the plans.

Speaking at Business Questions, Ian Austin said:

“Could he arrange for the Home Secretary to come to the House and make an urgent statement on the extent to which police stations should be open to the public?

“Despite the Prime Minister promising there would be no cuts to frontline services, spending cuts are forcing West Midlands Police to close to the public police stations right across the West Midlands, including in my own constituency in Dudley which will be the biggest town in the country with no open police station as a result of these changes.

“My constituents are furious about that because they want to be able to speak to police officers face to face.”

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