15:53 Thursday 27 December 2012

Counterfeit crackdown in Ashby

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

POLICE are asking traders and members of the public to be on their guard for fake £20 notes.

It follows a spate of them being used in Ashby town centre on Tuesday, December 18.

Two fake notes were used at a coffee shop in the town, one at a pet shop, and one at a pharmacy. Staff at a charity shop refused to accept a further counterfeit note.

PC Ady Coleman, from the North West Leicestershire local policing unit, said: “Passing counterfeit currency is a serious offence. I would urge shopkeepers in particular to watch out for these fakes.

“Compare the note with a genuine one, and if you are in any doubt call us out.”

Anyone with information should phone Leicestershire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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