By Tristan Harris Monday 02 September 2013 Updated: 05/09 10:54
THREE people have been arrested in connection with the discovery of 16 fake £20 notes which were found in Bromsgrove.
Three homes were searched in Charford, Catshill and Birmingham Road, along with one in Wychbold, after officers from Bromsgrove Police executed search warrants.
Two women and a man were arrested in connection with the find, with offences including fraud and possession of counterfeit currency. They were also held on suspicion of being in possession of drugs and handling stolen goods.
They have all been granted bail until October, pending further enquiries.
The fake £20s were discovered in Bromsgrove's KFC restaurant by staff who were cashing up between August 17 and 18.
After the initial revelation about the counterfeit notes, officers received more reports of fake £20 notes being in Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas.
Sgt Richard Field, of West Mercia Police, said: “This has involved a number of victims being unaware that they had counterfeit currency who ended up out of pocket.
“As part of this operation, police are following a number of positive leads and have worked with a number of stores to prevent the use of counterfeit currency in the Bromsgrove area.”
He warned businesses in Bromsgrove to be vigilant and warned officers would act on anymore information they received from the public.
He appealed for anyone with any information about counterfeit currency in Bromsrove or across the West Mercia Police area to call him on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The police have also reminded people again of the checks that could be carried out to ensure banknotes were genuine.
One is the testing of the watermark - in addition to The Queen's portrait, there should be a £20 or £50 symbol which should contrast with The Queen's head.
'Bank of England' on each note should be raised and there should be a metallic thread running through the note.
All notes have a holographic foil image which will change colour and image when tilted and all notes should have an image of its value that will only appear under ultraviolet light.
The texture of a fake note often feels different to a real one.
The majority of these tests will also work on Scottish and Northern Irish notes.
For more on the security tests, visit http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Documents/kyb_lo_res.pdf
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