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Police urge businesses and shoppers to be alert after fake £20 notes are used in Heanor

Posted on 22nd May 2014

Police are urging both traders and residents to be alert to fake £20 notes after two incidents at a store in Heanor.

A total of eight counterfeit bank notes have been discovered by staff at the Tesco store, who reported them to officers on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16.

PC Sarah Allcock of the Heanor and Loscoe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Enquiries are being carried out but we are also advising local businesses and shoppers to be vigilant and make the necessary checks to ensure the notes they are given are genuine.

"If you discover that you are in possession of a fake note, or come across anyone trying to use one, then report it to police. Please do not try and use it or pass it on.”

People are advised to check the features on all banknotes, such as the feel of the paper and raised print, the metallic thread, and the watermark.

You should also check the features which are specific to certain notes, such as the holographic strip on the £20 note and the motion thread on the £50 note.

A number of training DVDs and CD-ROMs about spotting counterfeit currency, produced by the Bank of England, are also on offer to local retailers through the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership.

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To get hold of the training DVD or CD-ROM contact Sgt. Dave Harrison, of the Chesterfield and Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership on 01773 841652 or email

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