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Cromer fake banknote prompts warning

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:54 13 July 2010

A spate of forged £20 notes being used in shops has sparked a police warning to businesses and the general public.

The latest incident of fake notes being used to buy goods happened at Cromer on Tuesday this week.

A spate of forged £20 notes being used in shops has sparked a police warning to businesses and the general public.

The latest incident of fake notes being used to buy goods happened at Cromer on Tuesday this week.

Police are urging people to be vigilant when handling cash and to carry out basic security checks on notes to verify their authenticity.

Shopkeepers are asked to check security features such as the metallic thread, watermarks, holograms and ultra-violet numbers. Any suspect notes should be put in a bag to preserve fingerprints.

They should be wary if asked to change notes into other denominations.

Anyone given a forged note in change when buying items should hand it into the local police station, and report the circumstances.

Police also warned that people passing forged notes could face a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.

Anyone with information about forged note incidents should contact Supt Dave Marshall on 0845 456 4567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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