SHOPS, pubs and businesses were today issued with an alert after counterfeit notes were used at a Wigan pub.
Police have revealed that they were called to The Honeysuckle Inn, in Swan Meadow Road, Poolstock, at 1pm on May 22 after staff became suspicious about two youths.
Both of them used fake £20 notes to pay for small purchases.
One youth had purchased two bottles of pop and paid with a counterfeit note, pocketing £16.50 in change.
The second boy asked for a packet of crisps but, after a member of staff became suspicious, he was refused and left the pub.
Police suspect they left the scene in a grey or green saloon car driven by someone who may have been an accomplice. The driver was not seen clearly and so no description of them is available.
However, police do have good descriptions of the two youths.
One of the boys was described as white, 11 years old, of slim build, with black hair and 4ft 6ins tall.
The other boy was of mixed race, 14 years old, with black short hair and tight curls and 5ft 6ins tall.
A spokesman from Greater Manchester Police added that there had been other instances in the area, but could not confirm whether they are connected.
He said: “I would urge local businesses to keep a lookout for these two young boys and also be wary of counterfeit notes.
“It is important they are checked properly and if you have any concerns that a note is not genuine do not accept it and call police.”
Anyone who may have information can call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 50 50 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.