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Fake money probe: Man sought

Police in Carlisle have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to regarding some counterfeit currency.

At around 11:45 am on Wednesday 22nd August counterfeit currency was presented at a newsagent in The Market, Carlisle.

Police would like trace the man wearing a grey coat, who had short dark hair, who is seen approaching the counter at The Paper Shop newsagent, as shown in the footage.

Police are asking anyone who recognises this person, to contact Carlisle Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Forged notes in Cumbria

Cumbria police are warning businesses to be vigilant after a number of forged £20.00 notes have been found circulating in the Keswick and Cockermouth areas.

PC Alan Taylor from Cumbria police said in a statement:

“In light of the recent incidents involving counterfeit notes we are urging members of the public and business owners to be vigilant against accepting notes of a suspicious nature. If retailers are concerned that currency may be counterfeit we advise them not to accept it and report the matter to the Police.

“We are coming into an extremely busy time of year for our area with people taking the opportunity to visit the area during the school holidays and opportunistic criminals see this as a time to target businesses. In order to be prepared police are encouraging businesses to consider using Counterfeit Currency Pens so on the spot checks can be made."

– PC Alan Taylor

Police also urge local businesses to encourage all of their staff to check any notes. For advice on how to spot a forged bank note click here.