FAKE Scottish £50 notes have been used in stores across Pembrokeshire.

Peter Robinson, who owns several of the Londis stores in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock said that fake notes had been given in two of his stores on the same day.

"The lady passed a forged £50 note first in the Dimond Street store and then 10 minutes later in the Albion street store, both in Pembroke Dock," he said.

"We banked the notes in the usual way, not realising they were forged and the bank flagged them.

"They are undoubtedly forgeries because they all have the same serial number on them."

Mr Robinson said that the woman went through the same process in both of the shops.

"What happened is that she spent a relatively small amount in each shop," he said.

"She was given change in genuine money and she's ended up with £80 or £90, and of course we have lost the stock."

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Mr Robinson said that the incident has made his staff less trusting about taking notes that they do not see often.

"It's very unfortunate, it just makes you very cautious about taking high-value notes especially if they're Scottish or Northern Irish," he said.

"The people who have produced them have made a real effort to make them look and feel like the genuine article."

The same person is believed to have given fake notes to Kilgetty Fish Bar, who have said on Facebook that they would stop taking Scottish notes because of the incident.

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A police spokesperson said: "Dyfed-Powys Police has received reports of a woman using fake £50 notes to buy goods at a number of businesses in the Tenby area.

"The first was reported to police on July 1, with another report of a similar incident on July 4.

"The suspect is described as about 5'6" tall, long blonde hair, medium build and with a possibly Irish accent."

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: 372 of July 4.