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February 20, 2013, 1:10 pm

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are warning passengers and members of the public to be vigilant after a number of counterfeit notes have been discovered in circulation.

The advice comes after two recent incidents in which people were arrested for attempting to purchase train tickets with counterfeit £20 notes.

Detective Constable Mick Kelly, investigating the incidents, explained: “The first incident took place at Huddersfield rail station shortly after 5pm on Monday, 31 December, when two women tried to buy tickets for travel from the ticket office.

“The two female friends wanted to travel to Manchester, and one tried to use a counterfeit note.

“When this was refused by the member of staff, the second woman offered another counterfeit note.”

Investigating officers were quickly able to establish the notes were not genuine, due to the poor quality of the paper the notes were printed on.

The second incident took place on Tuesday, 5 February when a man tried to purchase a ticket on the 8.32am Skipton to Bradford Forster Square service.

DC Kelly said: “At around 9.30am, between Shipley and Leeds, a passenger on the train was approached by a guard and tried to buy a ticket with a £20 note, which the guard refused.

“The man handed the guard another £20 note, which was again refused.”

The serial numbers of the notes from both incidents were identical, CD04 258173, which has prompted the warning from officers, reminding members of the public to be vigilant if they are handed notes with this number.

DC Kelly added: “There are a number of ways people can check their notes, including checking the watermark and serial numbers if they are concerned about whether their currency is the genuine article.

“The usage of counterfeit money is relatively rare on the rail network, but we take any such incidents very seriously when they do occur.”

Anyone with information regarding counterfeit notes on the rail network is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40. Information can also given to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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