Campaigner's 1,200 name petition aims to increase pressure in Dudley court change battle (From Dudley News)
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Campaigner's 1,200 name petition aims to increase pressure in Dudley court change battle
11:38am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS battling government plans to scrap Dudley's criminal court Dudley have been applying more pressure for a rethink.
A group led by Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling for a change in a proposal to remove criminal cases from lists at Dudley Magistrates Court which is currently open for consultation.
If the Courts and Tribunal Service plan is approved, from next year the Dudley courts will only handle civil matters and tribunals.
On October 17 protestors handed in a petition containing 1,200 to the magistrates court calling for the court to continue dealing with crooks.
Ian Austin MP said: “People in Dudley have sent a clear message; they don’t want their criminal court closed down.
“The government’s plans would make Dudley the largest town in the UK without a criminal court when we should be moving more services into the town centre, not taking them away.
“People directly involved with the court are telling me the closure would make it harder for local victims to testify, harder for local people to volunteer in court and harder for the press to deter crime by reporting on local cases."
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