Warn­ing on coun­ter­feit £20 notes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

TRADERS and shop­pers have been warned to watch out for fake £20 notes in cir­cu­la­tion.

The bills, which have ap­peared in Ash­ford and the rest of Kent, are poor im­i­ta­tions but some have still been fooled by them, po­lice say.

Ash­ford Li­cens­ing of­fi­cer PC Dave Grif­fiths said: “The notes are poor qual­ity coun­ter­feits and it ap­pears they have been ink-jet­ted on to low qual­ity pa­per.

“De­spite this a num­ber of premises have ac­cepted them.

“I urge all re­tail­ers to check £20 notes care­fully and if they are passed any coun­ter­feits to re­tain them and con­tact us.”

Some of the re­cov­ered duds have the same se­rial num­bers AD75 507125 and some end with 8880.

Fake £20 notes have been cir­cu­lated in Ash­ford over the last year with pre­vi­ous re­ports last spring and au­tumn.

Last Oc­to­ber two High Street shops, The Chocolate Box and Gol­drush Jew­ellery re­vealed that they had been passed the duds.

Pre­vi­ous vic­tims in­cluded a num­ber of busi­nesses at Ash­ford Re­tail Park and The Fair Trade Shop in Ken­ning­ton.

A com­mon trick by crooks is to use the dud notes to buy items for £1 or less and gain an in­stant £19plus profit when given change.

If you are in pos­ses­sion of a forgery con­tact South Kent Po­lice on 01303 289180, or call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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