Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Statement on front desk closure at Dudley Police Station

Dudley MP Ian Austin has said he will keep fighting to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public after a date was set for its closure.

Ian Austin said:

“I’ve been leading the fight to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public over the last year and one of the first things I did when I was re-elected was ask to for a meeting with the Chef Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner.

“I don’t think the timing of this announcement is a coincidence. I got a commitment from Labour’s Shadow Police Minister that he would expect West Midlands Police to keep the station open if Labour won the election. With the Conservative government planning to make even deeper cuts to policing budgets the closure is now going ahead.

“Over 2,200 local people have backed my campaign to keep the station open and will share my disappointment. I’m determined to keep fighting for the station so I will keep campaigning, raise local people’s concerns in Parliament and meet with the Chief Constable and PCC to keep Dudley from becoming the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.”

“We all know savings have to be made, but these closures and the loss of thousands of officers are a result of the government’s decision to give the West Midlands the deepest cuts to policing in the country.

“Local people want more police on the streets, more offenders brought before court and more criminals put in jail, so I will keep fighting for the West Midlands to get a fairer share of police funding.”

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