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Police issue counterfeit banknote warning

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Police are urging shop staff in the Lockerbie area to be on the lookout for counterfeit banknotes.

The warning comes after several shops in the town reported a man attempting to use fake notes this morning.

The man is described as being around 40 years old and 5ft 5" tall with brown hair. He spoke with an Irish accent and had a younger boy around 11 years old with him.

"The usual pattern for this type of crime is the attempt to pass a very large note for a small priced item in the hope that it is accepted and the maximum amount of change is passed over.

"We also urge staff working in business premises to be alert for this type of crime and to get in touch with us through 101 if they come across such a scam."

– Constable Natalie Wilson, Police Scotland

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Bomb disposal team travel 90 miles in 'suspicious car' blunder

A bomb disposal team was called. Credit: Martyn Benson.

A bomb disposal team had to travel 90 miles to carry out a controlled explosion on a 'suspicious' car, after a blunder by Cumbria Police.

However, the silver Vauxhall had been left outside Workington Police Station by officers, who were trying to help after the owner of the vehicle became ill.

The mistake meant a long trip for the two-man bomb disposal team from Catterick in North Yorkshire.

Explosion resident warned he may have to be evacuated

Martyn Benson took this photograph of the car being moved. Credit: Martyn Benson.

A resident of the street on which bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion of a car outside Workington Police Station says officers then used an automated robot to search the suspicious vehicle.

Martyn Benson received a knock on his door by a police officer at around 7:20am this morning.

She said there was an incident in the police station and could we move away from the windows to the front room and there was a possibility of being evacuated so that's what we did.

About 10 minutes later there was a loud bang followed a couple of minutes later by another loud bang at the back.

Being a bit nosey we went to the window and saw the bomb disposal unit at the gates of the police station, and they were in the process of using an automated robot to make their way to a car.

– Martyn Benson

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Road re-opened after suspicious incident

Cumbria Police say a road has re-opened after a controlled explosion was carried out in Workington.

It followed what the police described as a suspicious incident involving a vehicle outside Workington Police Station.

The A596 road was closed for around an hour while bomb disposal experts carried out the explosion. The police say there was no danger to the public.

Controlled explosion planned after suspicious incident in Workington

Cumbria Police close off road in Workington Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police say a controlled explosion will take place outside Workington Police Station after a suspicious incident involving a vehicle.

Bomb disposal experts are at the scene on Hall Brow.

The police say there is no threat to the public at this time, but the road has been closed and people are being asked to avoid the area.

Extra police for Black Eye Friday

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Extra Police will be on duty across the region for the second so-called "black eye Friday" of the festive season.

It's traditionally the day when many people finish work for Christmas and go out drinking.

In the past it has been associated with people getting into fights, so officers are asking people to stay on the right side of the law.

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