Warning after counterfeit £20 notes are used in town centre shops

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RETAILERS are being urged to be vigilant after reports of forged £20 notes in the Whitley Bay area.

Two people went into Tesco, in Park View at around 5.30pm on Wednesday, November 28, and used a forged £20 to pay for goods.

Shortly after, another man went in the same store and tried to use a forged note, however, he left after being confronted by staff.

It followed two reports Northumbria Police received two days earlier where a fake £20 note had been used at Holystone Filling Station and in the Holystone Inn in Whitley Road.

Detective Inspector Neil Brotherton, of North Tyneside area command, said: “We’re reminding retailers to be vigilant and make sure they check the money they are receiving is genuine, in particular £20 notes.

“We’re carrying out extensive enquiries to identify those responsible and the source of the notes.

“If anyone has any information we’d urge them to contact police.”

Anyone with information about the forged notes should contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.