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Men questioned about counterfeit coins

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of circulating fake £1 coins, reports the Market Mill.

The police were called to Swadlincote Market in Derbyshire following an allegation that a customer had been handed counterfeit coins in their change by some stallholders. They have since been released on bail.

Simon Wardle, Swadlincote Market Manager, recalls that a "couple of Birmingham lads" had asked whether they could have a pitch from which to sell their toiletries. At 1pm however, a customer complained that she had been given fake coins and requested him to report it.

Four police officers attended the scene, arresting the men and seizing property including their van. Further checks will be conducted by colleagues in the West Midlands.

Inspector Paul Cannon, Derby South section commander, told the Burton Mail: "As a result of us attending and making the enquiries we did, two people were arrested and taken to St Mary's Wharf Police Station in Derby.

"They have been questioned under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 and have been bailed to come back and speak to us at a later date and be re-interviewed while we carry on with our enquiries."

Mr Wardle added that he was pleased members of the public were being so vigilant.

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