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Cirencester shopkeepers warned of fake banknotes
Retailers in Cirencester are being warned that police have recently received several reports of counterfeit money being used in the town's shops and stores.
Officers are appealing for shopkeepers to be on their guard after receiving four separate reports of offenders passing, or attempting to pass, fake banknotes.
Three of the incidents were only discovered when retailers in Cirencester town centre went to cash up at the close of business on Thursday November 24.
The affected stores found that fake £20 notes had been passed over the counter during the course of the day's trading.
The fourth incident saw a woman enter a shop in Market Place, Cirencester, at around mid-day on November 24.
She attempted to make a purchase with a £20 note, but staff refused the money because they suspected it was counterfeit.
The woman, who is described as white, between 35 and 45 with blond hair, left the shop shortly afterwards.
Anyone with information about counterfeit money being used in Cirencester is asked to call police on 0845 090 1234, quoting incident number 413 of November 24.
To minimise their chances of being passed fake currency, shopkeepers are being asked to thoroughly check banknotes, particularly £20 notes, before accepting them.
Source : Gloucestershire Constabulary web site
: 03/12/2005 15:53:21
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