Warning over fake notes circulating in Basildon
Police are warning members of the public about fake notes being
used in Basildon.
So far at least two incidents have been reported to police in
In the first, a woman tried to use six counterfeit notes to pay for
a meal she had eaten with four other people at The Honey Pot at
Festival Leisure Park in Basildon on Sunday, June 10, 2012. She
made off when confronted at about 9.30pm, leaving the restaurant
£90 out of pocket.
In the second, a man approached a shopper in Allcures Pharmacy
in Clay Hill Road at 5.20pm on June 15, 2012 and asked her if he
could exchange his two ten pound notes for a twenty. The
woman then realised the notes were counterfeit.
Investigating officer, Pc Paul Hogben, said: "There seems to be
quite a few fake notes in circulation across Basildon at the
moment, so we are advising shops to ensure they check all money
"Also, if you are approached by anyone and asked to swap money,
please be wary of their request. If you suspect their intentions
are dishonourable, please let police know.”
Anyone with any information about either incident is asked to
contact Pc Paul Hogben at the Basildon area investigation team on
101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.