Removals job gone wrong resulted in safe lying in Newark Market Place
A new business owner admitted it must have looked a bit dodgy when a safe fell from the back of a van onto the cobbles of Newark Market Place on Friday night, during a job perhaps more Chuckle Brothers than Brinks Mat robbery.
Nathan King said: "It should have been a straightforward removals job but there we were, four blokes who must have looked dodgy, trying to lift a safe that must have weighed a tonne.
"I've taken a unit in The Arcade which used to be a jewellers and everyone who has had the unit since has always left it in there because it's so heavy, but I needed it out for the space.
"A friend wanted the safe to weigh in as scrap and we managed to get it onto the back of his van but, because it was so heavy, it just slipped off, which is how it came to be lying on the ground.
"We must have tried for an hour to get it back on there with no success so we ended up calling a guy with a tele-handler.
"A copper did come by and we explained what was going on and he seemed content with the explanation, but I guess they were watching us on CCTV and when they saw the tele-handler trying to get into the market place, thought 'we'd better go and check this out.'
"It was a half hour job that became four hours and got a bit awkward with everybody walking passed and thinking we were bank robbers."
After "saving up a bit of money" Nathan has started a flooring and carpet business, Pro-flooring, following 15 years in the business working for others and sub-contracting.
The business has a planned open day on May 8.
One of those to spot the safe was Anni Keene who took this picture of the safe in the gutter near Boots Opticians.
Anni said: "I had just walked up Stodman Street where a JCB had just been stopped by police as it was entering the market place.
"I did wonder if it was anything to do with The Nottingham Building Society's previous premises."
Sergeant Rob Harrison, from the Newark Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We can reassure locals that this was simply a case of a resident moving their personal belongings.
“Officers patrolling the area engaged with those involved and conducted enquiries at the time, and we can confirm that no offences were committed.”