Police have confirmed that four men are to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the alleged distribution of counterfeit banknotes in the Highlands.

Officers from Divisional Road Policing Unit alongside local officers stopped a vehicle on the A9 in Ross-shire yesterday (Monday 16th January 2017) and detained the four men; aged 25, 23, 20 and 16.

Police Scotland are reminding the public, particularly those who are employed in shops or who regularly handle cash, to be aware of counterfeit banknotes and to report any suspicious incidents to Police.

Detective Inspector Scott Macdonald advises: ""Recently Police have received a number of reports of counterfeit banknotes being used in the Inverness and Ross-shire areas in recent weeks. These are being tendered for low cost items in shops in the Highlands and later being found to be counterfeit currency."

"Police are advising those members of the public who are dealing with cash sales to bear this in mind and check high value banknotes before giving change. Anyone who deliberately uses counterfeit currency is committing crime and we will investigate all instances reported to us".

Anyone who has any information about counterfeit banknotes or wishes to report having received one should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.