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Consultation over West Midlands Police stations' hours

A decision over plans to reduce public opening hours at 12 West Midlands Police stations is due to be made after a consultation ends in mid-January.

Under the plans, front offices at nine police stations would no longer be open 24 hours a day.

It was decided that a public consultation would finish on 15 January, at a meeting of the West Midlands Police Authority earlier.

The force has to save £126m over the next four years.

The consultation period for the proposed changes was extended at the request of the police authority.

Dudley North Labour MP Ian Austin and Willenhall South Labour Councillor Sean Coughlan handed in 2,000-name petitions expressing concern about the proposals.

'Recognise the importance'

Bishop Derek Webley, chairman of the authority, said the meeting showed the police authority "doing its job of ensuring an efficient and effective service, representing the public and holding the force to account".

"We recognise the importance of this issue to local people and will ensure that proper consultation takes place on the proposals that both respects the public and offers opportunities for their views to be taken into account," he said.

The nine stations where the front offices would no longer be open around the clock are: Handsworth, Aston, Harborne, Kings Heath, Bloxwich, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Wednesfield and Willenhall in Coventry.

Stations where the front desks would operate on reduced hours would be Dudley, Foleshill and Chelmsley Wood.

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