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Police alert over fake £20 notes in Swindon

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POLICE are warning traders to be on their guard after a gang used fake notes at the Giant Party Shop in Victoria Road on Wednesday.

It was the latest in 30 reported incidents of fake notes being used in the county.

Since January there have been a series of offences across Wiltshire involving fake £50 notes and fake Scottish £20 notes at shops, pubs and hotels in Chippenham, Corsham, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Devizes, Warminster, Westbury, Mere, Ludgershall, Amesbury and Salisbury.

Police believe at least six men and women are involved in the scams and that they could be working as part of a wider team.

Police are warning businesses to be aware and to ask their staff to be extra vigilant.

A spokesman said: “If anyone should try and use a fake note, please dial 999 immediately to give officers the opportunity to apprehend the offenders at the scene. If the offenders are no longer at the scene, then call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

“Please make a note of the offender’s physical description and also details of any vehicles that they are seen to be using.”

Anyone with information on the scams ca contact Alaina Coles in the Crime Management Unit on the police number 101, extension 728 341.

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8:11am Fri 16 May 14

old town robin says...

It's all very well asking people to be on the lookout for faked £20 notes, but it would be a little more helpful if they were to give some hints what to look for and recognise a dud when they see one
It's all very well asking people to be on the lookout for faked £20 notes, but it would be a little more helpful if they were to give some hints what to look for and recognise a dud when they see one old town robin
  • Score: 8

8:15am Fri 16 May 14

house on the hill says...

Lucky if you can afford to have one!
Lucky if you can afford to have one! house on the hill
  • Score: 1

9:24am Fri 16 May 14

umpcah says...

There must be a few fake notes accepted and passed on innocently ! So someone may get his/her collar felt in " The Happy Boozer " and be completely innocent !
There must be a few fake notes accepted and passed on innocently ! So someone may get his/her collar felt in " The Happy Boozer " and be completely innocent ! umpcah
  • Score: 1

10:55am Fri 16 May 14

swindondad says...

IMHO any retailer in England who accepts Scottish (or NI, Channel island) notes is a fool to themselves.

Retailers are not obliged to accept these notes outside of their place of origin and most till operators will see so few that it makes spotting a fake a hit or miss affair.

When it comes to fake Bank of England note I would expect those who handle cash on a regular basis to know how to check them, It always use to be part of a cashiers training.
IMHO any retailer in England who accepts Scottish (or NI, Channel island) notes is a fool to themselves. Retailers are not obliged to accept these notes outside of their place of origin and most till operators will see so few that it makes spotting a fake a hit or miss affair. When it comes to fake Bank of England note I would expect those who handle cash on a regular basis to know how to check them, It always use to be part of a cashiers training. swindondad
  • Score: 1

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