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Counterfeit cash in Cumbernauld? Police "aware" of situation

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:04 GMT on Friday, July 19th, 2013.

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COUNTERFEIT cash is allegedly circulating Cumbernauld after comments made via micro-blogging website, Twitter, suggested that forged bank notes had been used at a local charity shop.

Messages posted on Twitter, on Tuesday afternoon, suggested that counterfeit £20 bank notes had been used as part of a customer transaction at the Comfort Kids charity shop, in Tay Walk.

The comments follow news, from last month, that Police Scotland has seized a large quantity of fake Clydesdale Bank £20 notes – the same design as the ones allegedly used in Cumbernauld, last week, in Fife.

On June 12th, 2013, Police Scotland announced that they had seized a quantity of forged Clydesdale Bank £20 notes, along with £10,000 in real currency, after raids on properties in Leven and Methil, with three men aged 49, 49 and 27, and a 47-year-old woman then reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with passing and possessing counterfeit currency.
Last month, Sergeant Gary Combes, of the Community Investigation Unit of Police Scotland Fife Division, based in Cupar, said: "As well as seizing a quantity of counterfeit Clydesdale Bank £20 notes, we have assessed that the £10,000 in cash we found in the raids is from the proceeds of crime. 

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"I am delighted with the outcome of this operation, which reflects the determination of Police Scotland to robustly investigate cases involving counterfeit currency, which is a crime linked to organised criminal networks.”

The notes in question. Picture: @1030, Twitter.

Officers in Cumbernauld, though, have said that they are not aware of increased complaints about the apart distribution of counterfeit currency, in the area.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We are not aware of any rise in the number of complaints regarding fake £20 notes recently in the Cumbernauld area. However, we do want to ensure that people are aware of the possibility of counterfeit cash circulating.

“If anyone thinks that they have received a counterfeit note, they should contact their local police office.

“Anyone with information on counterfeit notes should contact their local police office or CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555111, where information can be given in confidence.”

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