Police hunt Sainsbury’s shoppers after uncovering fake £20 note scam in Sunderland – PICTURES

CCTV footage of man in Sainsbury's police would like to trace
CCTV footage of man in Sainsbury's police would like to trace
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POLICE believe these shoppers may hold vital information after counterfeit £20 notes were handed over to staff in a new supermarket.

Between 12.42pm and 1pm on Friday, May 17, three people walked into the Sainsbury’s store in Riverside Road, Sunderland, and attempted to pay for items with a counterfeit £20 note.

The three were challenged by security staff and ran off.

Police today released CCTV images of two men and a woman who officers are keen to speak to as they may have important information about the offence.

Chief Inspector Peter Storey, of Northumbria Police, said: “We would advise shopowners and workers to be extra vigilant.

“Anyone who receives a forged note is asked not to pass it back to the person they received it from and to contact police.

CCTV footage of woman in Sainsbury's

CCTV footage of woman in Sainsbury's

“Anyone found in possession of counterfeit currency will be arrested.

“Offenders should be under no illusions – we take such crimes very seriously and will work towards putting offenders before the courts.”

Anyone who believes they have been handed a counterfeit note can contact police on the 101 non-emergency number.