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Brantham/Lowestoft: Chef denies using fake £20 notes to buy cigarettes and tuna roll

18:30 20 January 2014

Fake £20 notes handed over - court hears

Fake £20 notes handed over - court hears

A chef accused of using two fake £20 notes to pay for items at shops in Brantham and Lowestoft has told a court he had not realised there was anything wrong with them.

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Giving evidence during his trial at Ipswich Crown Court Alan Bennington said that on both occasions he had been given the £20 notes by a friend and had used one of them to buy cigarettes at a Co-op store in Brantham and the other to buy a tuna roll at a shop called Crumbs in Lowestoft several weeks later.

“Nothing made me suspicious and nothing crossed my mind that there was anything wrong with them,” said Bennington.

Bennington, 29, of Brook Street, Manningtree has denied two offences of tendering counterfiet £20 notes on April 18 and May 17 2012.

Andrew Thompson, prosecuting, said that when Bennington handed over one of the notes at the Co-op store in Brantham the sales assistant had noticed fairly quickly after handling the note that there was something wrong with it.

He hadn’t been able to check the note was genuine while Bennington was in the shop but had checked it shortly afterwards and realising there was soemthing wrong with it had reported it to his manager, said Mr Thompson.

Several weeks later on May 17 Bennington had gone into a sandwich shop called Crumbs in Lowestoft and had used a £20 note to pay for a tuna roll.

After Bennington left the shop the owner realised it wasn’t genuine and when he saw Bennington getting into a car near the shop he had made a note of the number plate, said Mr Thompson.

Giving evidence Bennington told the court he had met a man while working as a chef and claimed he had been given both the fake £20 notes by him. He said on the first occasion he had asked to borrow some money from the man to buy cigarettes from the Co-op in Brantham and had been given a £20 note. On the second occasion the man had asked him to get him a tuna roll from the sandwich shop in Lowestoft and had given him a £20 note to pay for it.

Bennington told the court he had initially lied to the police after his arrest because he was trying to protect the man who had given him the notes. Cross-examined by Mr Thompson he denied lying because he knew the notes were fake.

The trial continues today (Tues).

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