POLICE are hunting a man who paid for a DVD player using forged £20 notes.

The man answered a newspaper advertisement placed by a resident in Kay Street, Stanley. He paid for the secondhand machine with three £20 notes, which his victim later discovered were fakes.

The notes all bear the same serial number - CD77706242.

The crook is described as white, aged 26 to 28, 6ft 6in, of medium build, with a pale complexion. He had dark, shaved hair and facial stubble.

His appearance is described as scruffy. He was wearing a dark-coloured sweatshirt, stone washed jeans and tan coloured boots.

He claimed to be from the Rowlands Gill area of Gates-head and had a local accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Stanley Police on (01207) 232144.