A fresh batch of fake £20 notes are finding their way into the tills of Doncaster businesses.
The counterfeit notes are being distributed at venues such as pubs, clubs and small corner shops.
A batch of them were passed at last Sunday’s Town Fields Gala – leaving one local charity out of pocket.
The town’s branch of disability charity PHAB was passed two of the twenties and estimate that around another eight stall holders at the event were also handed the fake notes.
The group’s organiser, John Jowitt, said: “This is quite a lot of money for a small group like us to lose – we made £191 on the day in total, but out of that £40 was in fake cash that we had to give to the police. It’s very upsetting – we could do a lot with £40.”
In addition, the group has been forced to shell out another £119 for a counterfeit note detector.
Cheaper models are available but, because of the nature of its work, PHAB was forced to pay more for a device that is usable by visually impaired people.
“It’s very serious for a charity like ours to lose any money at all,” Mr Jowitt added.
Det Insp Paul Dickinson, of Doncaster CID, warned local business that false £20s are available on the black market at around one-third of their face value.
Mr Dickinson said: “There is an increased incidence of false notes, particularly £20s being passed in Doncaster at the moment. I’d like to warn traders to be vigilant and, of course, report any they come across.”
A cache of £20 notes was found when police stopped a van in town last Friday.