Search

Islington Police issue warning over Olympics spike in counterfeit cash

08:33 14 July 2012

Police say the problem could get worse during the Olympics

Police say the problem could get worse during the Olympics

Archant

More counterfeit notes could soon be doing the rounds when the Olympics come to town, police have warned.

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

Businesses and residents are urged to be vigilant because the Games could prompt a spike in the amount of dodgy cash in circulation.

Sgt Robin Clark, Islington Police’s licensing officer, issued a warning this week after one bar, the Wenlock and Essex in Essex Road, Islington, was twice handed fake £50 notes.

He said: “Counterfeit notes are starting to appear in the pubs in Islington. The suspects come in and buy a couple of drinks with the £50 notes, and then take the change.

“With the Olympics coming, there’s a good chance there will be even more counterfeit notes about. We have got tourists coming in, and they’re not used to seeing our currency on a daily basis, so therefore they will be more susceptible.

“I would advise retailers and members of the public to be aware and check notes properly.”

In April, the Gazette reported that businessman Nash Patel, who runs Nash Newsagents, La Cappuccino Cafe and the Florin Pub in Holloway Road, Upper Holloway, saw four dodgy £50 notes in one week. At the time, he warned there was a growing problem with fake currency, and added: “I reckon during the Olympics we will see another rise.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Islington's mayor Cllr Theresa Debono turns on the Highbury Christmas lights with Cllr Caroline Russell Pic: Dieter Perry

Dozens of people braved the chilly weather to see the Christmas lights switched on in Highbury Barn.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Christmas jumpers on display at the winter wonderland extravaganza

More than 300 people enjoyed lights decorations, music food and even snow at a special Winter Wonderland.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Police officers and council members collect all presents from the Christmas tree project at Islington Town Hall

Generous Islington residents splashed their hard earned cash to buy more than 230 gifts for children who might not otherwise get a present this Christmas.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
New tenants Anne, Mary and Peter celebrate moving into the Leigh Road council housing

A brand new £2.6million housing block is helping some of Islington’s most vulnerable people live closer to their families.

Most read news

Ahhh… When did the 1990s become the “good old days”?

After weeks of challenges and cringeworthy boardroom showdowns, Lord Sugar made a decision – and Twitter was watching.

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition