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Warning – Counterfeit Currency
A few £20 Bank of England counterfeit notes have been tendered in Crieff and Perth recently.
Members of the public should familiarise themselves with the security features of genuine notes.
Some security features that can be checked easily:
• Run your finger across the front of the note. You should feel raised print across the words “Bank of England”.
• Hold the note up to the light to check the watermark. You should see an image of the Queen in the clear oval area in the middle of the note. A bright £20 should show up in the watermark on a £20 note and a bright £50 on a new £50 note.
• Look for the metallic thread running through every genuine note. It appears as silver dashes on the back of £5, £10, £20 and old £50 notes. If you hold a note up to the light, this thread should show up as a continuous dark line. The thread is fully embedded in new £50 notes so there are no silver dashes, but held up to the light it should still show up as a dark line.
What happens if I come into possession of a counterfeit banknote?
Counterfeit notes are valueless. If you have a note that you believe to be counterfeit, and you are sure who gave you the note, you should take it to the police at once for investigation purposes.
If you have no knowledge of who gave you the note you are required to take it to any local branch of the bank of issue, at which time a ‘Retention of Counterfeit Currency Form’ will be completed, a copy of which will be given to you for your records. The bank will retain the counterfeit note for recording and destruction purposes.
You will only be reimbursed for the value of the note if it is subsequently found to be genuine.
Please remember, it is a criminal offence to hold or to pass a note that you know to be a counterfeit.

Recent crime locally
In July/August there was an unsuccessful attempt to break in to a property at Mavisbank in Kinross via French doors.
Two quad bikes were stolen from a shed in Blairingone on 22 August after a padlock to the shed was cut.
Power tools were stolen from a construction site at Glenfarg overnight, Sunday 23 to Monday 24 August.
Gardening tools were stolen from a lorry parked on the A977 in Drum on Tuesday 1 September in the afternoon. Please contact the police if you saw any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area between 1330 and 1500.

In September a number of thefts took place in rural parts of Fife, near Kingskettle and Cupar. An Ifor Williams HB511 horsebox was taken from a farm near Cupar between 1800 hours on 4 September and 1200 hours on 8 September. If you are not going to be using trailers and horseboxes for long periods of time, consider removing a wheel to make them less easy to steal, or store them in secure areas out of sight.
Be alert to bogus workmen. A member of the public in Perth was recently induced into handing over a quantity of money to a workman who failed to complete the work he had offered to do.

An 18-year-old male appeared, from custody, at Perth Sheriff Court on Monday 21September after property was stolen from an address in Milnathort. He has been released on bail and will be brought to trial in due course.

Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This is a free phone number (unless you are using a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of any sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted if you choose to remain anonymous.

Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

After four years in Kinross-shire, PC Sadie Allan has moved to the major enquiry office in Dundee.

Community officers for Kinross-shire:
PC Rhiannon Lorimer, and PC James Wilson.
Community Sergeant, Kinross-shire: Sgt Geoff Goodison.

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