Counterfeit currency crackdown in Colne

NEW INITIATIVE: Pendle Council licensing enforcement officer Mick Armfield, owner of The Dressing Room Ruth Crompton, owner of Timeless Toys Beth France, Colne town centre community beat manager PC Mark Walker, Coun. Dorothy Lord and manager of The Wallace Hartley Glyn Hammerton (S)

NEW INITIATIVE: Pendle Council licensing enforcement officer Mick Armfield, owner of The Dressing Room Ruth Crompton, owner of Timeless Toys Beth France, Colne town centre community beat manager PC Mark Walker, Coun. Dorothy Lord and manager of The Wallace Hartley Glyn Hammerton (S)

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POLICE are clamping down on criminals trying to spend counterfeit currency in Colne.

Colne Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team has bought new ultra violet lights to distribute to all the town’s’ shops, off licences and pubs to safeguard shopkeepers from falling victim to crime that has both a financial and criminal impact.

The lights, bought with funding from Colne Area Committee, will prevent young people from producing counterfeit or fraudulent identification to buy alcohol or gain entry into licensed premises.

Colne Town Centre neighbourhood police officer PC Mark Walker said: “The police, retailers and licensees within the town are extremely grateful to Colne Area Committee for assisting and supporting us in our fight against crime, disorder and anti social behaviour.

“Counterfeit currency has a large financial impact on small businesses.

“While I am pleased to say Colne has only seen a small amount of counterfeit currency coming in to the town, these lights will hopefully ensure no currency should now get through the net.”

Colne councillor Dorothy Lord who helped secure the funding from Colne Area Committee said: “Colne councillors will continue to support and promote local businesses in the town.

“No business or person should fall victim to crime, disorder or anti social behaviour.

“Colne Area Committee is happy to finance and support this initiative. Tackling crime, disorder and anti social behaviour will always remain high on our agenda.”

And Mick Armfield, Pendle Council licensing officer added: “Our licensees are already extremely vigilant when it comes to checking means of identification, either at the point of sale or when trying to gain entry into licensed premises.

“The ultra violet lights will be a useful and an additional tool to assist them in determining whether the identification produced is fraudulent or not.”