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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.’