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21 years in the making: Time capsule offers a glimpse into Carlton police station’s past


Police officers were given a glimpse into their recent past when they opened a time capsule unearthed at a recently closed police station in Carlton.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford was given the honour of opening the twenty-one-year old time capsule on Friday which was removed from Carlton Police Station before it was closed for good last week.

The station – which was rebuilt in 1996 – was home to the local beat team, PCSOs and the Substance Misuse and Integrated Offender Management Team.

Officers read an old staff newsletter from 1997 which was discovered in the time capsule

At the time it was rebuilt a plaque was placed on the wall, which indicated that a time capsule was inside and contained various items from Nottinghamshire Police.

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Staff and officers from Carlton Police Station have now moved to Oxclose Lane Police Station and before their move Inspector Clare Preston-Davis spoke to her team who agreed that they should make a go of trying to find the capsule.

Civilian Support Officer Simon Wells from the drug support team, who had an advantage as he was at the initial opening ceremony back in 1996, soon found the time capsule in a storage cupboard within one of the central staircases.

Upon opening it, it was discovered that the capsule contained old newspaper clippings, a lady’s truncheon, handcuffs, badges, pins and photographs.

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