KNUTSFORD'S police officers are continuing to urge the town's residents - and those from further afield - to keep an eye out for fake £20 notes after two women were arrested and bailed this week.

In the Guardian two weeks ago it was reported that there had been reports of town centre businesses being handed fake notes, with those responsible pocketing the change.

During the afternoon of Wednesday, August 6, at 4pm two females entered retail premises in the Knutsford and Holmes Chapel area. Once there it was alleged they used forged £20 Bank of England notes to purchase low value goods to obtain genuine currency as change.

The two women were arrested and have been bailed pending further enquiries into the source of notes.

The first woman was of a mixed race appearance, early 20s in age, small in height and of a petite build. She had a large afro hair style, wearing a red top and black leggings.

The second woman was white, early 20s in age, small in height and of a petite build. She had blonde hair which was tied back and was wearing a white top and black leggings.

It is understood they visited Waitrose in Knutsford, the Prescription Service on Tatton Street, Sainsbury’s in Holmes Chapel and then the Co-operative in Holmes Chapel.

PC Ryan Ogden from Knutsford Police told the Guardian he still wanted residents and business owners to keep an eye out for any potential fake notes.

"I am keen to for local retail stored to remain vigilant regarding these forged notes and to familiarise themselves with published Bank of England guidance," he said.

"I am also keen any other stores to come forward if they believe these females could also have been in their store and passed fake £20 notes.

"Both females are believed to have been transported by taxi between Knutsford and Holmes Chapel. I would appeal for any taxi driver who transported these females on the day in question to come forward also."

If you any information for the police call 101 quoting incident number 655 of 06/08/2014, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.