A YOUTH has been arrested by police investigating a fake cash ring in Great Harwood.

Officers seized £300 of suspected counterfeit notes during a raid in the town.

Police said the investigation had been launched after concerns about the fake money being used in and around the area.

The items seized were yesterday being analysed following the raid at a home in Blackburn Road on Wednesday night.

Officers searched the property and found what they believe to be fake £20 notes hidden in a packet of kitchen wipes.

A 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing counterfeit currency and was bailed pending further inquiries.Police issued advice to shopkeepers and residents in Great Harwood, urging them to be vigilant.

Officers said one of the giveaway signs of the fake cash was that they had been cut crookedly.

And Sgt Stuart Banks warned businesses and shoppers to be on the lookout.

He said: “These notes can have an adverse impact on local economy.

“They are illegal and anyone found to be dealing in them will be arrested.

"I appeal to shop-pers and businesses to be extra vigilant.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 0845 1 25 35 45.