North East Wales

Taxi drivers in Wrexham helped to avoid counterfeit cash

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Taxi drivers in Wrexham have been given detector pens to help them avoid counterfeit cash.

The Wrexham council and North Wales Police campaign comes after police found fake £20 and £50 notes in circulation in the town centre.

The free pens contain ink which leaves a permanent mark on counterfeit notes.

Taxi drivers often work in poor visibility and serve customers in a hurry - making them more susceptible to people using counterfeit money.

Cllr David Kelly, lead member for planning and public protection, said counterfeit notes have a "detrimental effect on the local economy".

"The majority of taxi and private hire drivers are self-employed or work for small businesses, so it's important that they do not become victims - it's effectively a loss of income for them," he added.

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