Police warning over fake £50 notes being used in pubs

January 21 2020
Police warning over fake £50 notes being used in pubs

PUB landlords in South Gloucestershire are being urged to be on the lookout after several reports of counterfeit £50 notes.

Police say they have recently been contacted by four pubs after customers tried to pay for drinks with counterfeit notes. Officers believe several more have been targeted but have not reported the incidents.

Avon and Somerset police issued this CCTV picture today of two men wanted in connection with the incidents.

They are both described as having Irish accents and were seen leaving one of the pubs in a grey or silver van.

Sergeant Ruth Gawler said: “This appears to be part of a crime series within South Gloucestershire with forged £50 notes being handed over to staff. Several establishments have accepted the notes, while others have refused them.

The notes appear to be genuine under ultraviolet light but we have seen several of them use the same serial number and other features of the note are faked."

The Bank of England provides security advice for businesses and police say counterfeits should be taken to the nearest police station.

Anyone who thinks they know who the men are should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5220 011 605 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.