Forgery charge over fake stamps found at Dover port

Image caption Kent Police said customs officers found more than 10,000 false stamps during a routine check

A man is facing a forgery charge after more than 10,000 fake first-class stamps were found by customs officers during a routine stop check at Dover.

Kent Police said a total of 10,656 forged stamps, reputed to be worth several thousand pounds, had been found in a car boot at the east Kent port.

Robert Aleksiejczyk, 31, from Salford, Greater Manchester, was charged with possession of a false instrument.

The Polish national is due before Folkestone magistrates on Thursday.

Kent Police said the routine check was carried out on 14 February after a ferry arrived from Calais at the Port of Dover.

After the stamps were found, Paul Booth, from the UK Border Agency, said it was "an unusual detection" by the officers.

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