Birmingham & Black Country

Campaigners fight overnight closures to police stations

Harborne Police Station
Image caption Under the proposals, Harborne Station would close at 18:00 GMT and open again at 10:00

A public consultation has ended over plans to close several West Midlands Police stations overnight.

The force has suggested ending 24-hour access to 12 stations in Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry.

Campaigners fighting the proposals handed in a petition with more than 1,000 names to the police authority's headquarters on Saturday.

West Midlands Police said it needed to look at station opening times as part of plans to save £126m.

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.

The police said that each of these sites would be fitted with an intercom where the public could summon help, and that 99% of people would live within four miles of a manned station.

Details of the consultation will now go before the police authority who will make the final decision.

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