Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin to hand in 650 signature petition at Dudley Magistrates' Court

Dudley MP Ian Austin will present a petition signed by over 650 local people to Dudley Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Austin is pressing the Government to come up with new plans that would keep Dudley’s criminal court open.

Recently released documents reveal that the Government's “preferred option” is for criminal cases to be heard in Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Walsall, leaving Dudley as the largest town in the country with no criminal court.

The petition will be presented at 11:45 on Thursday 17 October outside Dudley Magistrates Court, and Austin is calling on local people to come along to make their feelings known.

Ian Austin MP said:

“With over 650 people signing the petition in a matter of weeks, people in Dudley have sent a clear message; they don’t want their criminal court closed down.

“The Government’s plans would make Dudley the largest town in the UK without a criminal court when we should be moving more services into the town centre, not taking them away.

“I want people in Dudley to join me at the Magistrates Court on Thursday so the people behind this decision are left in no doubt about the opposition from local people.

“People directly involved with the court are telling me the closure would make it harder for local victims to testify, harder for local people to volunteer in court and harder for the press to deter crime by reporting on local cases. People need to see that people are being held to account for crimes that take place in Dudley.”

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