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Parliament debate on West Midlands Police station hours

Plans to close 12 West Midlands Police stations overnight have been debated in Parliament.

Under the proposals put forward by West Midlands Police Authority nine stations would close overnight and a further three would operate on reduced hours.

A 2,000-signature petition expressing concern about the plans was handed into the police authority on Thursday.

A debate on the proposals, called by Dudley North Labour MP Ian Austin, took place in Westminster Hall earlier.

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

Stations affected include Handsworth, Aston, Harborne, Kings Heath, Bloxwich, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Wednesfield and Willenhall in Coventry.

A further three - Dudley, Foleshill and Chelmsley Wood - would also operate on reduced hours.

A public consultation is due to close on 15 January, after being extended at the request of the police authority.

The West Midlands Police Force has to save £126m over the next four years.

Mr Austin and Willenhall South Labour Councillor Sean Coughlan handed in the petition expressing concern about the proposals.

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