Shops put on the alert over forged notes

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SHOPKEEPERS are being warned to be on their guard for forged £20 notes.

Police in Morpeth received four reports on Wednesday, November 30, of two men using fake notes in shops in the town.

The two men targeted Joe’s Pet Supplies, Subway and Grainger Games in the town centre and a general store at Stobhill.

The first man is described as being 5ft 5in tall, of skinny build and with dark shaved hair.

He had stubble and was wearing a white Nike hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms.

The second is described as being 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and with blonde or brown hair.

He was wearing a light blue, thin raincoat-type jacket with its hood up.

Both men are said to be aged around 25.

Acting Inspector Dave Simpson said: “I would ask businesses and members of the public to be extra vigilant when receiving any £20 notes and make sure they are authentic.

“Although this type of offence is relatively unusual, we would like to make the public and in particular shopkeepers aware so they can be extra-vigilant.

“I would urge anyone who has any information about the production of these forgeries to contact the police so that we can take action against those responsible.”

Any potential witnesses are asked to contact the police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.