Officers were called to Guildford Street, Chertsey, shortly after 1.20pm yesterday (Monday, 25 February) following a report that an attempt had been made to use a fake £50 note in a shop. Surrey Police received further reports at around 3pm that two men, matching the same description of the initial report, had tried to use a counterfeit £50 note in other shops in Guildford Street.
The suspects are described as white men, aged in their mid 20s. One of the men is around 5ft 10ins tall with thick, wavy, dark brown hair. He spoke with an Irish accent and was wearing a dark jacket. The other man was around 6ft tall, with short, dark brown hair. He was wearing a striped shirt that was black and either grey or white.
Detective Constable John Hobbs said: “I would urge anyone with information about these two men to get in contact with us. They appear to have been in the Guildford Street area of Chertsey for some time trying their luck in a number of shops and we need shop staff and customers to provide us with as much information as possible.
“If you think you have been approached by these men and have not already reported it to the police then I would urge you to do so. There is a possibility that these men may now move to another location to attempt to use this note and I would ask anyone who is offered a £50 note to make the relevant checks and contact the police immediately if they believe it is fake.”
Anyone with information, or who is offered a counterfeit £50 note as payment, is urged to call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference RM/13/987. Alternatively, information can be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of the initial offence but have been released with no further action being taken against them.