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THIS TIME LAST YEAR: Trading standards officers sprang into action following reports of fake mattress sales in Gedling

Each week Gedling Eye opens its archives for a nostalgic look back at the stories making the news this time last year.

This week we remind ourselves of the events that took place between October 8 and 13, 2018…

CCTV call

Residents in Arnold were being reassured that a new CCTV camera will be installed in the town centre by the end of the month.

Campaigners were calling on Gedling Borough Council to put improved security measures in place after a series of stabbings and a spate of anti-social behaviour in the town.

Councillors said they were committed to installing a new CCTV camera in the town centre.

An application was then made to put up CCTV on the footpath linking Front Street in the town centre with Smithy Crescent after a number of people had complained about noise from youngsters in that area.

Gedling Borough Council reassured residents the work would be completed by the end of October.

CONCERN: Police and council officials on the beat in Arnold town centre (PICTURE: GBC)

Mattress warning

People in Gedling borough were being warned following reports of rogue traders flogging fake mattresses in the area.

Trading Standards said they had received reports of uninvited callers going door to door offering mattresses for sale.

A spokesman at the time said: “These are marketed as being luxury mattresses offered at a “bargain” price.  In reality they are cheap mattresses of poor quality. 

Officers also said they had concerns that they may not meet fire safety standards.

Jet pact

A self-confessed petrolhead from Arnold was hoping to smash a world record with a jet-propelled bike he built in his back garden.

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Amateur engineer Andy Morris had already broken the record for the fastest speed recorded in a jet-propelled go-kart.

(Video courtesy of BBC East Midlands)

He was now gearing himself up for his second record attempt on the jet-powered bike he built in his back garden shed.

Joint HQ plan

Plans to create a new shared headquarters for Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue services moved a step closer.

At a meeting on Friday, September 28, 2018, the Fire Authority gave the go-ahead for the development of detailed designs and costings for a new joint headquarters on the site of the current Police HQ at Sherwood Lodge.

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, who holds responsibility for the police estate, welcomed the news, saying that this was highly-logical ‘blue-light’ collaboration.

He said: “This is what partnership working is all about.  If these plans go ahead it will bring benefits for the staff, the two organisations and ultimately the taxpayers.  This will see both services working together in a modern, efficient, building that is fit for the foreseeable future.”

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