Dudley MP Ian Austin has secured a meeting with Home Office Ministers to discuss the closure of Dudley Police Station.
Speaking at a session of the Home Affairs Committee on Monday, Austin called for talks with Home Secretary Theresa May to discuss the station’s future and the unfair funding formula which sees the West Midlands receive a smaller share of the UK’s police funding than it deserves.
Mrs May promised that she or the Policing Minister Mike Penning would meet Austin to discuss the issues.
Under recently announced plans 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.
The closure has been caused by central government cutbacks, with the West Midlands losing out on £43 million this year as the result of a government decision to reduce the amount of funding awarded based on need.
Dudley MP Ian Austin has spoken out against the closure and launched a petition which has been signed by more than a thousand local people.
Ian Austin said:
“There’s huge opposition to these plans in Dudley so I’m pleased that the Home Secretary has agreed to listen to their concerns.
“It is completely unacceptable that Dudley could become the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.
“Local people are backing our campaign because they know these cuts will mean fewer police on the streets, fewer offenders brought before court and fewer criminals put in jail.
“Anyone who wants to sign the petition can do so by clicking here, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling my office on 01384 342 504 and we’ll send out a form.”