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Police warn shops and public to be alert to fake bank notes circulating

Shop owners and public are being warned to be on their guard after reports of attempts to pass counterfeit currency locally.

Police say there have been a number of incidents across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area over the past week.

Fortunately, in most cases, they reveal, the dud notes have been detected by diligent staff.

Police in Armagh used their social media platforms to warn business owners to be aware – and those who would think of trying to buy fake notes to cash in to think twice about it!

Police said: “If you operate a business and do not have any form of currency checks in place, now is the time to re-consider. Note checkers are cheap and readily available.

“Also, if you come across any persons attempting to pass the notes please let us know. In most cases we find that a number of shops in an area are targeted by criminals on the same date. If we are aware we can consider use of stop and search powers. A person in possession of one note may be able to explain, however a pocketful will require further police investigation.

“If you are offered counterfeit currency please don’t be tempted. Half price cash may be very tempting but is it worth the risk. We are out and about this month working closely with retailers.

“If you are caught you will also have the pleasure of us searching your house as we are obliged to do in any follow-up. We also leave the explanation to your family and neighbours of why we are doing this up to you.”

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