Mission to reunite residents with cherished possessions


Medway Matters

Medway Trading Standards officers are on urgent mission to reunite residents with valuable belongings following the closure of a Gillingham ‘pawnbrokers’.

Following the sudden closure of Cash Generator at the end of January, a number of cherished items such as jewellery and technical goods including TVs, laptops and iPads have not been returned to their rightful owners.

The former owner of the franchise store based in Gillingham High Street is now working with Trading Standards to ensure residents get their goods back.

But there’s only a two week window in which people can come forward to claim their items.

Anyone who was due to buy possessions back from Cash Generator, Gillingham after January 31, should to call Medway Council’s Trading Standards Team on 01634 333333.

To retrieve goods callers will be asked for the original agreement number, the amount owed on it and details of who left the item in the shop. If the items are available arrangements will then be made to return the goods upon payment of the amount owed.

Residents need to get in touch by Friday, 20 March, at the latest.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Peter Hicks said: “It is always sad when a local shop goes out of business but particularly so when local people might lose valuable items or things with a sentimental value. Medway Council’s Trading Standards Team is going above and beyond their remit to do everything they can to make sure any losses to local residents are kept to an absolute minimum.”

The role of Medway Trading Standards is to ensure that businesses compete in a fair and safe manner, ensuring benefits for both consumers and legitimate traders.

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