Fake money find leads to awareness drive

Police in Banbridge are working with their partner agencies to raise awareness of counterfeit currency.

It follows an incident at supermarket premises on Townsend Street on Monday, August 19, when an attempt was made to pass £100 in counterfeit notes.

Staff at the supermarket had been trained to recognise counterfeit notes and contacted police. Officers responded immediately and a 31-year-old woman was arrested. A further £560 was also seized. The female was later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police conducted a subsequent search at a house in Summerhill Brae and recovered an estimated £2,000 in counterfeit notes. A 33-year-old man and 35-year-old woman were arrested and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Constable Bush, Banbridge Response, said: “This is a considerable amount of money which could have left local businesses out of pocket and footing the cost of someone else’s criminal activity.”

Councillor Junior McCrum, Chairman of Banbridge Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) continued, “The PCSP Policing Committee was delighted to hear about this effective local police work.”

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“The business community are facing tough times in the current economic climate, and the PCSP Policing Committee wants to support all businesses to increase the capacity of their staff to take a pro-active approach.”

Mr Jonathan Murphy, Banbridge PCSP Vice-Chair, concluded, “On behalf of Banbridge PCSP, we are launching a business crime project at the September meeting of the Banbridge Chamber of Commerce which will be led by one of the PCSP Independent Members who themselves own and run a business in the District. The aim is to increase the capacity of our local businesses and their staff to help reduce and prevent crime by making best use of the tools that are available, and by knowing what to look for in terms of suspicious activity.”

Constable Bush added, “We would advise all shops and businesses that handle currency to check all notes and contact police if they suspect they have come into possession of any counterfeit currency.

“There are a number of things you can look out for:

• Does the main printing feel raised?

• Can you see a bold and clear watermark when the note is held up to the light?

• Does the note feel crisp and not limp, waxy or shiny?

• Is the print clear, sharp and well defined?

• Are the colours clear and distinct? Compare the suspect note against a note which is known to be genuine.

• Is the security thread continuous when the note is held up to the light?

“All staff should be trained to recognise counterfeit notes and there should be a clear policy in place for staff to follow on discovery of a counterfeit note.”

For further business crime prevention information, please contact the PSNI ‘E’ District North crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000.

For further information about Banbridge PCSP, its Policing Committee and the projects, events and activities that the PCSP supports, please contact the Banbridge PCSP staffing team on 028 0462 2048 or email:pcsp@banbridge.gov.uk