CCTV call after Gumtree fraud in Tilehurst, Reading

A man paid for an item advertised on Gumtree with counterfeit money when he picked it up in Reading.

He committed the fraud at Tilehurst on January 18 at around 8.15pm before it emerged the money was fake.

Police believe the same man was involved in a similar incident in Leicester.

Now Thames Valley Police are releasing CCTV footage of a person they believe may have ‘vital information’ that could help their investigation.

PC Investigator Georgina Chandler, based at Newbury Police Station, said: ‘The man in these images was speaking in a deep voice with a heavy Leicester/Midlands accent and is believed to have between early and mid twenties.

“I would also like to offer some advice to members of the public who are selling items for cash.

“The new polymer banknotes in circulation can only be checked for authenticity under ultraviolet light, and the pens that people often use are unable to determine whether the money is genuine.

“If you are concerned that the money offered to you may be counterfeit, please do not accept it unless you have been able to confirm its authenticity.

“Under UV light, a genuine banknote will show a bright 5/10/20/50 in red and green on the front of the banknote where it says ‘Bank of England’.

“Anyone who recognizes the man in these images is asked to call Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting reference number 43220025882.

“Alternatively, you can report online or for 100 per cent anonymity call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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