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Friday, 26 November, 1999, 13:19 GMT
Schoolboy forgers make their own money
Banknotes The schoolboy forgers produced 65 in fake notes

Pupils who made counterfeit banknotes and spent them in their school canteen are to be interviewed by the police.

Six boys at King Edward VI Community College in Totnes, Devon, used a computer and laser printer to make copies of a 10 and 20 note and seven 5 notes - worth a total of 65.

The forged notes, which had been crumpled up to add to their authenticity, were spent on food in the school's canteen. The forgeries were only discovered when a security firm which collected the cash alerted the headteacher.

The 14-year-olds are believed to have made the false notes using a home computer, a scanner and high-quality printer.

The school has declined to make any further comment about the incident, pending discussions with the police and the boys' families.

It is believed that the boys will say that this was a case of a practical joke with far more serious consequences than the boys realised.
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