A Southport shopkeeper has released CCTV of three men who tried to spend counterfeit Scottish £20 notes in his store.

The first incident took place on the 18th October, when two men came into the family run store on Duke Street. The woman who worked behind the counter realised the £20 note was fake, and refused to accept it. She then told the men to leave the shop.

The second incident happened earlier this week, when a man described as ‘European’ came into the shop and tried to spend a fake £20 note. Again staff refused to accept the cash.

The police launched their initial appeal for information last week, following the two incidents on Lord Street which OTSnew reported on.

Neighbourhood Inspector Graham Fisher said: “Local shopkeepers are reminded to be extra vigilant when dealing with bank notes. If unsure, they should check the notes by whatever means available to them, and contact police directly. An investigation is ongoing to trace those responsible.

“Members of the community with information are encouraged to speak with officers in the area, or to their dedicated neighbourhood team on 0151 777 3446.

“Anyone with information who does not wish to speak with us directly can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


Police warning people of fake Scottish £20 notes being used in Southport

The police have had numerous calls and are advising all people who may have been affected to contact them. They are collecting the notes for forensic analysis. The men are describes at having slight Scouse accents and int there Early twenties.

One sighted was roughly around 5ft 5 with shaven short hair and a cap. He was wearing a blue and cream jumper with a jacket on possible Burghaus. The second man was taller with darker hair and wearing a blue coat. It was around 4pm,and were seen in No-Match E-cigs on Eastbank street and town centre gardens cafe on Lord Street. Businesses are advised to keep the note and contact the police and to check CCTV.


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