Newark men jailed for fake cash stash used in Lincoln
Three men have been jailed after being caught with a stash of forged £20 notes.
The trio used the counterfeit notes to buy cigarettes and other items after visiting the Supasave store in Corporation Street in Lincoln city centre.
Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said staff realised there was a problem with the notes used and called the trio back but they simply walked out of the shop and drove away.
Police were called and officers stopped the vehicle.
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A search revealed a stash of £600 worth of forged £20 notes in the boot as well as £400 worth of genuine currency in the glove box.
The trio were questioned but did not reveal the source of the forged notes.
Jake Ragsdale-Lowe, 21, of Sleaford Road, Beckingham, near Newark; Daniel Dawson, 28, of Lime Grove, Newark, and Charles Brooks, 20, of Hercules Drive, Newark; each admitted tendering a counterfeit note on April 26 and possession of counterfeit cash. They were each jailed for 12 months.
Recorder Mark Wall QC told them: "People who do what you did must face custodial sentences in order to punish you for what you have done and to act as a deterrent."
Giles Bedloe, for Ragsdale-Lowe, said there was a lack of sophistication about the way the three committed the offences and the value of the forged notes actually used was relatively low.
He said his client has a full time job and in references submitted on his behalf described him as a good worker.
Richard Thatcher, for Dawson, said he served his country for four years in the Army but since leaving the forces had struggled.
Sarah Munro, for Brooks, said he had overcome problems from his early life including ADHD and dyslexia.
She said Brooks had acknowledged his responsibility and was sorry for what he did.