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Teen caught after fake £50's used in Salisbury

Teen caught after fake £50's used in Salisbury

Published by Mike Draper at 11:07am 7th February 2020.

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A 17-year-old boy's been arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit currency after an incident at H&M in Old George Mall.

Back on Wednesday (5 Feb), Police began following a string of reports of incidents in Salisbury city centre, and then also in Warminster.

A young male had gone into several shops and bought, or attempted to buy items using counterfeit £50 notes.


Officers in Warminster searched the town centre and found someone matching the description passed by store owners.

The 17-year-old, who is from Ireland, was taken to Melksham custody for further questioning and has since been released under investigation while further enquiries are ongoing.

Insp Gill Hughes said:

"This was excellent work by the officers involved in locating an individual and making an arrest swiftly. I'd also like to thank the local businesses who reported information to us which enabled us to take action - I hope this shows how important it is to report concerns regarding activity of this nature as we will always do all that we can to identify those responsible."

"This kind of activity can really impact on businesses - in particular, small independent businesses within our communities."

"With incidents of this nature, there are a number of longer term enquiries which need to be conducted alongside partner agencies and these will be completed as soon as possible."

Information and advice for businesses on how to check banknotes can be found here.

To report concerns call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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