Fake banknote warning issued to Ashford businesses

Kent police have issued out a warning and want businesses in Ashford to be aware that fake Bank of England £50 notes are circulating in the area.

It was reported that between 6.30pm and 6.45pm on Wednesday 1 April 2019 there were three separate instances of customers paying for goods at a restaurant in High Street with £50 notes.

Although they were thought to be genuine at the time, subsequent checks revealed they were not.

On the same day, it was also reported that between 7.25pm and 7.40pm at a restaurant in Hunter Avenue, Willesborough, two woman entered the premises and ordered a meal, paying with a fake £50 note.

A member of staff  was assaulted after she became suspicious and approached one of the women to question her.

Sergeant Gavin Hart of Ashford Community Safety Unit said: “Shopkeepers are advised to check the feel of the paper, the raised print, metallic strip and watermark.

“Always use a UV light to check for authenticity if one is available.

“If anyone suspects they have picked up a fake note they should not allow it to go back into circulation and any incidents should be reported immediately to Kent Police by calling 101.”

If you have any information regarding the reports please call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 01-1691 (for the High Street incident) or 01-1701 (for the Willesborough incident).

Counterfeit notes are very rare but everyone should be vigilant. Details on how to check banknotes can be found on the Bank of England’s website: www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes.