FAKE bank notes are in circulation in County Durham.

Police in Peterlee have issued a warning urging people, particularly businesses, to be alert and counterfeit £50 notes and fake Scottish £20 notes were handed in to officers.

A spokesperson for the Peterlee neighbourhood team said: "They are in circulation in and around Peterlee.

"Please pay close attention when receiving these notes.

"If you have any concerns then please get in touch."