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Wednesday 18 January 2017, 10:52 AM

Shop owners are urged to be aware of fake £50 notes after two incidents in Wotton-Under-Edge and Berkeley.

The first incident happened at the Post Office in Kingswood yesterday (Tuesday 17 January). Two men bought two low value items, a magazine and a chocolate bar, before paying with a counterfeit £50 note. The shop worker gave them their change before releasing the note was fake.

The men were white, in their 20s, wearing dark clothing and had Irish accents. One had ginger hair and the other had dark hair.

Another counterfeit note was used in a coffee shop on the High Street in Berkeley yesterday. The man bought a coffee and paid with the fake £50 note. He received change before it was released the money was not genuine.

Shop owners are urged to check bank notes before accepting them by using a detector pen or ultra-violet light – also look out for low value items being purchased with a £50 note.

More advice on identifying counterfeit notes can be found on the Bank of England’s website: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/counterfeitadvice.aspx

Anyone with information of these incidents should call police on 101 quoting incidents 271 of 17 January and 89 of 18 January.