Bogus banknote warning: Four counterfeit notes passed to Honiton shops in one week
PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 03 September 2018
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Four counterfeit banknotes have been handed to Honiton shop tellers in just one week - sparking warnings from the town's policing team.
PCSO Richard Shelton is urging people to remain vigilant while police investigate the incidents.
He added that anyone who suspected they were handed fake currency does not have to accept it and can legally keep if they inform the person they believe it is counterfeit.
Between August 22 and 29, three fake £50 notes and one bogus £20 note was handed over to shop tellers in Honiton.
PCSO Shelton said: “Three fake £50 notes tried to be passed to shops in Lace Walk and High Street.
“Two shops were quick and managed to see them as fake notes - unfortunately the other shop was not so quick. One counterfeit £20 note was also passed to a charity shop in High Street.”
PCSO Shelton said police have identified one suspect who attempted to spend two fake £50 notes in Honiton shops.
He is described as a white male, aged 25 to 35, and of a slim build.
The suspect had dark hair and a well-trimmed dark beard, and was wearing a white shirt with black trousers, and black trainers with a white trim.
PCSO Shelton said the man tried to spend the fake notes in succession at two shops in Honiton.
He added: “If there is any shop or business in Honiton who suspects they have been passed a counterfeit note or coins, they do not have to give it back.
“They have to tell the customer they think the currency is counterfeit and can issue them with a temporary receipt. In this case, the male we identified did not wait around for a receipt - he took off quite quickly.”
The £50 notes were handed to shops in Honiton on August 29.
The £20 note was passed to the charity shop on August 22.
The Bank of England said: “If you suspect that you have a counterfeit banknote, please take it to your nearest police station.
“The police should fill out an NCO-1 form and provide you with a receipt and incident number.
“The suspect notes will be sent to the National Crime Agency and if counterfeit to the Bank of England for further examination.
“If you have information about someone making, selling or using counterfeit banknotes, please contact the police or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”