Police alert business over fake notes

A real and fake �20 pound note. Money Tester pen
A real and fake �20 pound note. Money Tester pen

Police Scotland are asking the public and business owners to be ‘vigilant’ after a number of fake bank notes have been used.

Shops and retailers in Stonehaven and Portlethen have been targeted, with incidents reported last Wednesday.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland would like to urge retailers and licensed premises in the Stonehaven and Portlethen areas to be aware of counterfeit currency being tendered.

“The use of counterfeit notes at a number of shops was reported to Police on Wednesday, January 14.

“The notes come in various denominations but particularly Bank of Scotland £10 notes.”

Sergeant Neil Grant, from Police Scotland, said: “We would like to ask the public to remain vigilant and report anyone attempting to pass suspected counterfeit notes, or if they find themselves in possession of these notes, to contact us immediately. Anyone with concerns can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Chris Stirk, chairman of the Stonehaven Business Association (SBA), added: “All notes should be checked either with the UV machine or the pens.”