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Police Warn of Counterfeit Notes in Pocklington


8:54am 10th December 2012

Detectives in the East Riding are asking people to be vigilant as three people have been arrested in connection with the use of fraudulent £20 notes in Pocklington, Market Weighton and Goole.


Humberside police say that on Tuesday 27th November a man purchased a car and was paid by the purchaser in what was later discovered to be counterfeit money. They add that on Monday 3rd December two pubs in Market Weighton were targeted by people who were trying to use fake £20 notes. Officers say the same then happened in a shop in Goole on Tuesday 4th December and on Wednesday 5th December in a takeaway on Railway Street in Pocklington.


Police say they believe the fraudulent notes bear the serial numbers EA 09113467, AH 03117856 and CC 06169906. They add that commercial premises are asked to look out for these notes and to please call police if they feel they have been handed one.


Officers say a 17 year old boy and a 19 year old man have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail till February. They add that a 29 year old woman who was also arrested has been released on bail to a date in middle of December pending further enquiries.


Humberside police say that there have been other incidents involving counterfeit £20 notes in both North and North East Lincolnshire over the past few days, however at this time police do not believe the incidents in the East Riding are linked to those in Lincolnshire.


Officers across Lincolnshire and the East Riding say they have visited a number of commercial premises and given out leaflets and offered advice on how to spot counterfeit notes.


Humberside Police are offering the following advice to help spot a counterfeit note:


* Counterfeit notes are rare, but it is important that people remain vigilant at all times. Always take a closer look at a note, being used as payment.

* Try and use more than one method to check if notes are genuine. If you are not sure then check it against a genuine note.

* Things to check on a bank note: The feel of the paper, the raised print, the metallic thread and the watermark.

* Please remember that it is a criminal offence to hold on to or pass on counterfeit notes. They are worthless.

* If you suspect you have a counterfeit note then call police immediately.

* If the note is a genuine counterfeit then you will be reimbursed by the Bank of England.


Humberside Police say the Bank of England offer free advice on how to spot a counterfeit note. Visit http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/retailers/whattodo.aspx

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