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Counterfeit notes used in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 12:52 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 05 July 2010

A WARNING has been issued by police urging residents and visitors to be alert after shoppers were conned into handing over cash in Lowestoft town centre.

A WARNING has been issued by police urging residents and visitors to be alert after shoppers were conned into handing over cash in Lowestoft town centre.

Officers are seeking information after counterfeit notes were passed in Lowestoft on Thursday, September 11 at around 12.30pm. An older couple were in London Road North, not far from Woolworths, when they were approached by a young man and a young woman.

The young man asked if they could change a £20 note and they agreed to do so. The older couple walked off without checking the note.

A short time later the older couple saw the young man and woman talking to another woman. After they had finished talking to her the older couple approached the woman they had been speaking to. She too had handed over change for a £20 note.

Both notes were subsequently checked and found to be fake. The matter was then reported to police.

Police are urging shoppers to be alert to this scam and are appealing for anyone with information about the two youngsters to come forward. The young man is white, in his teens to early 20s, around 6ft tall, of slim build, with collar length hair and was wearing a light coloured long-sleeve shirt and trousers. The woman was of similar age, of slim build, with shoulder length blonde hair, which was straight with a curl at the end.

In another incident yesterday, police arrested a 14-year-old boy after he was stop searched in Edgerton Road around 2.10pm and found to be in possession of several counterfeit notes.

He has now been bailed to return to Lowestoft police station on Monday, September 15.

If you can help, please telephone Lowestoft police on 01986 835300.

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