Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin steps up police station campaign

Dudley MP Ian Austin has stepped up his campaign to protect Dudley Police Station calling for a guarantee that it will not be closed completely.

Austin has already spoken out against the closure in Parliament and launched a petition which has been signed by more than a thousand people in less than a week.

He has now written to West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims asking him to guarantee the Dudley Police Station will not face complete closure in the future.

Under plans announced last week Dudley Police Station is one of twenty seven stations across the West Midlands that will be closed to the public, leaving Dudley as the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.

Local people wishing to add their name to the petition can do so at www.ianaustin.co.uk.

Ian Austin said:

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

“Two years ago I warned cuts to the Dudley station’s opening hours would be the start of a slippery slope, so I want guarantees that these latest cuts won’t lead to the station’s complete closure.

“It’s clear that local people share my outrage with over a thousand signing our petition in just a matter of days. Anyone who wants to sign the petition can do so by visiting my website, by emailing me at austini@parliament.uk or by calling my office on 01384 342 504 and we’ll send out a form.”

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