Fake bank note fraud strikes pubs

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POLICE have issued a warning after fraudsters targeted several bars in East Lothian with a counterfeit cash scam.

Pubs in Haddington, Dunbar and North Berwick were hit by two con men between 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday where they bought goods with forged Royal Bank of Scotland £20 notes. All have the serial number 495315 and are of very poor quality.

Both men had west coast accents and were believed to have been travelling in a red Vauxhall Zafira car.

The first suspect is white, early to mid 20s, around 6ft 2ins tall with a medium build and very short brown hair. He was wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt with a dark grey hood.

The second suspect is described as being of Asian or mixed race appearance, late teens to early 20s, around 5ft 8ins tall with a slim build and short black hair. During the day he was seen to have been wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and then a blue hooded sweatshirt.

A police spokesman said: “These notes are off-colour, unevenly cut and have no silver thread running through them.”