Man Uses Counterfeit Money In Lymington

Police are looking for a man who used counterfeit money at a syhop in Lymington.

A man entered a clothes shop on Lymington High Street (Thursday March 17th) at around 10.20am and used a £20 note to pay for a low value item. The cashier accepted the note but noticed after the man had left the store that the note was a fake.

Police would like to speak to a man in connection with this incident. He is described as:


-in his early 40s

-of stocky build

-between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins tall

-with brown combed back hair

-wearing brown and gold glasses, a light coloured shirt and Chino style jeans.

The man had a mobile phone with him and spoke with a Southern accent.


A charity shop on Lymington High Street also received a counterfeit £20 note on the same day. However, no description of the individual who used the note was given.

PC David Barnes, of Lymington police station, said:

“This type of incident is not common in the New Forest. Police are warning shop owners and staff to be vigilant and to check every note used in each sale made. Special bank note checking pens can be purchased to help you determine whether the note is genuine or not. If anyone receives a note which they suspect to be a counterfeit then please report this to police immediately.”

He added:

“We would also like to hear from anyone who may recognise the description of this man or has any information which could help police with their enquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC David Barnes at Lymington police station on 101 or to call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.