Retailers and licensees in Bridlington have been warned to be aware of a counterfeit money scam in the area.
On Saturday 07 March 2015 at approximately 7.20pm two men, described as of ‘Eastern European appearance’, entered a public house on Quay Road in Bridlington.
Both men went to the bar and ordered drinks. On paying, one of the men produced £60 in £10 notes and asked if this could be changed into £5 notes & 20p pieces. This was refused by the bar staff as they believed that the money was counterfeit.
One of the drinks was then spilt over the bar, in what the police believe to be a deliberate attempt to distract the staff to gain access to the till behind the bar.
The men are described as:
First man: Approximately 26/27 years-old, 5ft 9” tall of slim build with short dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and green trainers with white soles.
Second man: Approximately 29/30 years-old, of stocky build and had a beard. He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, smart brown shoes and black baseball cap.
As far as officers dealing with this reported incident this is the only one of its kind reported.
Thankfully due to the diligence and shrewdness of the staff, no money was exchanged, nor was there any loss of takings.
However, Humberside Police would like to warn other retailers and licensees of this incident and ask that if anyone has had an incident of this type to report it to officers at Bridlington Neighbourhood Police Team by using the non-emergency telephone number 101.