British family of five are all arrested in Mallorca for using £ 50 fake notes, including paying for a bottle of water
- British family arrested in coastal town of Santa Ponsa, western Majorca
- They were caught when one member handed a fake £ 50 for a bottle of water
- 17 of the counterfeit banknotes and € 400 in legal tender have been recovered so far
Five members of the same British family were arrested during their vacation in Mallorca to finance their trip with counterfeit money.
They were caught in the coastal town of Santa Ponsa, in the west of the island, and spent the fake money on food and drink.
According to the police, they have exchanged a succession of £ 50 British banknotes in a number of locations, which turned out to be counterfeit.
The family of five was caught in the coastal town of Santa Ponsa, in the west of the island, and had spent the fake money on food and drink
They were caught when a member of the family handed over a £ 50 bill for a bottle of water and received legal tender in return. He became suspicious and warned the Civil Guard.
The police confirmed that all five members of the family were tourists in Mallorca. They are described as & # 39; British and Irish & # 39 ;.
No details have yet been given about their age or relationship with each other or where they come from.
& # 39; The notes are of high quality and have a similar effect to paper money, with the falsification of watermarks and other security systems, making it difficult to detect them, & # 39; said a police spokesperson.
So far, 17 of the counterfeit 50-pound notes have been recovered, along with 400 euros that were genuine.
A police spokesperson said: & # 39; The notes are of high quality and have a very similar touch to paper money, with the falsification of watermarks and other security systems, making it difficult to track them down, thereby promoting their circulation. & # 39;
The 50-pound note that was handed over for the bottle of water was offered in a store near the hotel where the family was staying.
All five were arrested on suspicion of forgery of money. It is not known whether the police suspect them of peddling the fake banknotes or having made them in the first place.
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