FAKE £20 notes are circulating on the south coast.
Police are advising members of the public to check their currency as fake £20 Bank of Scotland notes are in circulation in Hampshire and West Sussex.
A statement from the Bank of England said: ‘Counterfeit banknotes are rare, but it always pays to be careful.
‘Only a small fraction of one per cent of banknotes in circulation are counterfeit.
‘If you come across a counterfeit banknote, it is important that the police are contacted in all instances.
‘They may be aware of other retailers/businesses in the local area who have also reported counterfeit notes.
‘They may also want to pass on warnings to others via a local business network which may prevent further instances and/or lead to an arrest.
‘Counterfeit banknotes are part of organised criminal activity. Each counterfeit note is evidence.’