Warning over forged notes

WHILE excited football fans are counting down the hours to the England v Croatia game on Wednesday businesses are today on their guard against fraudsters.

WHILE excited football fans are counting down the hours to the England v Croatia game on Wednesday businesses are today on their guard against fraudsters.

The Ipswich Partnership has warned traders to beware of forged notes as supporters from all over the country descend upon the town.

Although the influx of potential buyers is expected to boost the coffers of hotels, shops and other businesses alike by a seven figure sum, caution is being urged when significant amounts of money change hands.

And the ever-present fear of fraudulent individuals will be in police sights too and members of the public and supporters are being urged to watch out for forged £50 notes.


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In a joint initiative police have also asked the drinks trade to take precautions in the event of unruly behaviour.

Restaurants and pubs are being encouraged to use plastic glasses for the day and where possible, plastic cutlery, particularly street cafes. Off-licensed premises should restrict sales of bottled drinks.

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"Street furniture is to also be discouraged, for example A-frame advertising boards outside premises," the spokesman added.

Six hundred police officers will be on duty in the town on Wednesday from 8am to help ensure the day goes smoothly.

A spokesman said: "Police intelligence indicates that possible West Ham and Norwich supporters, as well as other hooligan groups may travel to the town for possible confrontation.

"Police spotters will be assisting in identification of known trouble makers and fans wearing club team colours are to be discouraged from entering pubs etc to avoid confrontation."

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