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« on: April 28, 2008, 11:49:16 PM »

Police are asking people to be aware of counterfeit currency, following a number of cases in the area.
So far, over the past two weeks, there have been quite a few reported incidents of fake 20 notes.
Ch Insp Shaun Virtue, said: "People should be aware that these notes are circulating in the area. If anyone suspects that they may have one then they should contact police, as it is a criminal offence for you to knowingly bank, tender or keep counterfeit currency.
"Genuine Bank of England notes contain easily identifiable security features which people can distinguish by sight and touch:
. Clarity of printing: should be sharp and well defined. There should be no blurred edges and clear colours front and back:
. Watermark should be clear and visible only when held up to the light and should be a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
. Silver thread strip runs through the note; it is not painted on the surface and should be visible as a continuous line when held up to the light and dashes when the note is placed flat.
. Paper, when in good condition, should feel crisp and slightly rough in heavy-printed letters. They should not be limp, waxy or shiny.
. New series 20 hologram change when the angle the note is held at between Britannia and symbol of 20 appearing alternatively.
. Serial Number: each banknote has an individual serial number which can appear horizontally and/or vertically.
. For businesses, counterfeit detection devices such as pens and UV lights are not a 100 per cent reliable method of checking banknotes and should only be used in conjunction with checks for factors such as watermarks and quality.
Anyone that wishes to report counterfeit currency should contact police via 0845 8 505 505. If you don't want to talk to the police or give your name, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
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