Shops warned over fake £20 notes in Devon

Bank of England genuine £20 notes Genuine notes are embossed at the top which can be felt

Police are urging shops to beware of forged £20 notes being used in a Devon town.

One business in Paignton identified two fake notes handed over as payment in two separate incidents.

PC Simon Lee said: "Retailers are often busy and don't take so much time to check the legitimacy of notes."

Police said real £20 notes are slightly embossed at the top and if marked with money-marking pens the mark fades over several days.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Devon



18 °C 15 °C


  • Shiny bootsMarching orders

    Where does the phrase 'boots on the ground' come from?

  • Almaz cleaning floorAlmaz's prison

    Beaten and raped - the story of an African servant in Saudi Arabia

  • Train drawn by Jonathan Backhouse, 1825The first trainspotter

    Did this drawing mark the start of a misunderstood hobby?

  • MarijuanaHigh tech

    The start-ups hoping to transform the marijuana industry

  • Child eating ice creamTooth top tips

    Experts on ways to encourage children to look after their teeth

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.