Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Ian Austin comment on proposed closure of Dudley Police Station

Dudley MP Ian Austin has commented on proposals to close Dudley Police Station to meet government spending cuts.

Commenting on proposals to close Dudley Police Station, Ian Austin said:

“I’m really disappointed about this, but I can’t say I’m very surprised, because I thought this could happen if the front desk closed and if the Conservatives won the election and carried on cutting police budgets.

“We all know savings have to be made, but these closures and the loss of thousands of officers are a direct result of the Government’s decision to hand West Midlands Police disproportionate cuts that are twice as deep as places like Surrey.

“We fought hard when they were closing the front desk to the public earlier this year, presenting a signed by 2,200 local people to Parliament, and taking our case to the policing minister, the chief constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“It would be completely unacceptable for the police not to have officers based in the town and available for local people so I’ll carry on campaigning to have a permanent police base in Dudley.

“It’s now more important than ever for local people to add their name to our petition so we can push the Government, Dudley Council and West Midlands Police to find a way of keeping police based in the town.”

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