In Dundee police seized almost £8,000 during a six-week blitz on counterfeit money a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Courrier report:

Almost £8,000 of forged bills was taken out of circulation by Tayside Police over a six-week period.

Officers recovered 381 counterfeit £20 notes totalling £7,620. Of these, 242 were Royal Bank of Scotland notes, 134 Clydesdale Bank and five were Bank of England. A further £110 in £10 notes and £175 of £5 notes were also recovered.

The full value of the haul came to £7,905. Much of the money was recovered by officers executing search warrants on properties or from suspects who were arrested. Some was handed in by shopkeepers who had unwittingly accepted it as genuine tender.

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