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News | Ashford man charged over counterfeit currency and drug offences

Date Posted: 17th March 2017

Three men have been charged as part of an investigation into the alleged supply of counterfeit currency, including a man from Ashford.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have been investigating an alleged conspiracy to circulate fake Bank of England notes.

In November 2016 a warrant was executed at a property in The Downage, Gravesend, and approximately £40,000 worth of £20 notes that were believed to have been forged were seized.

The following men have all now been charged with conspiracy to deliver counterfeit currency:

James Brennan, 35, of Eastern Gardens, Willesborough - also charged with possession of a stun gun, two counts of offering to supply cannabis and one count of producing cannabis.

Daniel Chapman, 42, of The Downage, Gravesend – also charged with possession of criminal property and controlling counterfeit currency.

Frazer North, 32, of Tillingbourne Green, Orpington – also charged with possession of criminal property, two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis, and one count of controlling counterfeit currency.

All three have been bailed to appear before Medway magistrates on Tuesday 11th April 2017.

Anyone who receives what they believe to be a counterfeit note is advised to hand it in to their local police station or call 101.

The Bank of England provides a range of information to help people identify genuine banknotes that can be accessed at www.bankofengland.co.uk.

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