A WARNING has been issued to Bestival-goers, shops and residents on the Isle of Wight to be vigilant after reports of fake £20 notes being circulated.
The warning came after two men, aged 31 and 24, were arrested today (Friday) on suspicion of fraud and have been assisting police with enquiries.
Officers have already advised Island Shopwatch members about the counterfeit notes and are now urging all residents, including festival-goers at Bestival this weekend, to check any banknotes they receive in change.
A spokesperson said: "If you suspect a note is not genuine please take it to your local police station as soon as possible. It is a criminal offence to hold onto or pass on counterfeit notes."
The Bank of England website offers general guidance on how to spot a fake from the real thing, click here.
Anyone with information can contact DS Simon Driver at Newport DCID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.