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Serial note forger jailed after being caught at London sandwich shop

David Shepherd produced thousands of counterfeit £20 notes from his Essex home Photo: Metropolitan Police

A man who forged thousands of £20 notes on an "industrial scale" at his home in Essex has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

David Shepherd was identified in October 2015 when he used a counterfeit £20 note to purchase a sandwich at a branch of Pret-a-Manger in Westminster.

Officers began investigating and, in May last year, searched Shepherd’s property in Brentwood where they found printers, silver foils, UV inks, laminators, hard drives, templates and a large number of fake notes being produced.

Working with the Bank of England, detectives discovered the notes being used across the UK with CCTV capturing the 30-year old passing them on in a shop in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Equipment seized from David Shepherd's home. Credit: Metropolitan Police

"Shepherd was responsible for producing thousands of counterfeit bank notes from a forgery factory in his home address. "He was caught as the result of an investigation, carried out in partnership with the National Crime Agency's National Counterfeit Unit, the Bank of England and Norfolk Constabulary. "The lengthy custodial sentence reflects the serious nature of this crime and should act as a warning to others engaged in this type of criminality."

– Detective Constable Jonathan Roberts, of the Met's Serious Crime Unit