A Black Country police station is being closed as part of money-saving plans – four years after it was saved by campaigners.
West Midlands Police is closing down Perry Hill station in Warley, Oldbury, which was saved from the axe by local people in 2008.
Labour councillor for Bristnall Steven Frear said he furious about the closure after he previously spearheaded the campaign to keep it open.
He said: “This means the community police officers who served the Bristnall and Old Warley wards have now been relocated outside the area and will need to commute to do their job.”
“We won the campaign to reopen the station, it was a great achievement and resulted in the area recording some of the lowest crime and ASB figures across Sandwell. I cannot hide my disappointment at the closure of the police base.
"I share the growing number of residents’ anger at its closure.
“The station had been a massive success, with officers based here and becoming part of daily life in our community. The results stood out for themselves.”
The neighbourhood policing teams of Bristnall and Old Warley have been relocated to Quinton Police Station, which is also closed to the public, and the Langley team will move to Oldbury Police Station in the summer.
Chief Inspector Bal Sidhu, from Sandwell Local Policing Unit, said: “The police base at Perry Hill was not open to the public and the service we deliver to the public will not be affected.
“By no means does this mean people will lose the police presence in their area – officers will still be seen patrolling and working in their communities.
“The force is looking for alternative accommodation to ensure that neighbourhood policing teams working within the area will continue to serve the local communities effectively. Our service is about people, not places, and we would like to have more officers co-located in shared premises based in the heart of local communities. We are committed to meeting people in settings that are relevant to them.”