Fake £20 notes: East Riding shopkeepers on alert over flood of counterfeits
EAST RIDING: Dozens of forged £20 notes have turned up across the region.
Police are warning shopkeepers to be on their guard.
Since January 1 the East Riding has had 29 reports of counterfeit £20 notes being used in shops, post offices and a hotel.
There have been four reports in the Hessle area, three in the Anlaby area and two each in the Goole, Howden, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Willerby, Beverley, Bempton, Driffield, Garton-on-Wolds, Flamborough and South Cave areas.
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The forged £20 notes have a metal strip thicker than that found on genuine notes.
Crime prevention officer Trace Rokahr, of Beverley Police Station, said: "Counterfeiting is the ultimate technology for people who want to get something for nothing.
"Britain's notes contain a variety of security features but forgers still try to make the perfect copy.
"It is not difficult to see the watermark, hologram and metal thread inside bank notes."
When a counterfeit note reaches a bank, it is taken out of circulation.
That means the shopkeeper can be out of pocket.