POLICE are investigating more incidents of fake £50 notes being used in shops in East Lothian after they were handed over twice in a month to staff in Prestonpans.

Two shops in High Street and Mid Road reported being given the Ulster Bank notes, which have turned out to be forgeries.

The incidents which happened on July 29 and June 25, came after officers issued a warning to local businesses following the appearance of the notes in the county in March.

And they follow a spate of police warnings in Scotland and England where the notes have been discovered in towns across the country.

In March police first warned about the fake Irish bank notes in East Lothian after one was used at the Co-op on Brotherstone's Way, Tranent, when a couple tried to buy their shopping using it.

When staff took the note to be checked the couple fled and it was later confirmed as fake.

Later that day another £50 note was handed over at the Co-op store in Hopetoun Drive, Haddington, which was also confirmed to be fake.

A police report to Prestonpans Community Council last night revealed the two further incidents in the town over the last two months.

A police spokesperson said: "Enquiries are ongoing."