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Police warn Swedes of forged euro notes

Police in Sweden are warning residents that forged euro banknotes as well as 20-kronor bills are in circulation across the country.

Police warn Swedes of forged euro notes

More than 125 forged banknotes have been turned into Stockholm police since the start of the year.

“I think we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” detective C.G. Wrangel of the Stockholm police told the TT news agency.

Among the fake notes turned into the police are 50, 100, and 500 euro notes, as well as several 20-kronor bills.

Even a forged Chinese yuan note has been discovered.

Forensic experts have said the fake 20-kronor notes are easy to spot because the forgeries aren’t particularly well made.

“The best advice to avoid being duped is to get in the habit of feeling the bills. The paper of real bills has a certain roughness, while the fake 20-kronor notes are smoother,” Michael Johansson, a bank note specialist with Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science (Statens kriminaltekniska laboratorium, SKL), told TT.

The false 20-kronor bills also lack a watermark and a metal security thread, features that are easily discovered when the bill is held up against the light.

Johansson explained that forging lower-denomination bills may be a strategy to avoid detection.

He also doubted any connection between the forged euro notes and the faux kronor bills.

“The euro is attacked by professional gangs that produce fake bills in large volumes. Then they go spread them out in different countries,” Johansson said.

“There are very well-made forgeries of euro notes and there is reason to be on your guard.”

Police have now launched a preliminary investigation into bank-note forgery following the recent fake-bill find.

“We’re working on finding whoever is behind this, but it’s hard to connect the bills to one perpetrator,” Wrangel said.

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FOOTBALL

Sweden sink Russia at women’s Euro

Captain Lotta Schelin and Stina Blackstenius powered Sweden to a 2-0 win over Russia at the women's Euro tournament in Deventer on Friday.

Sweden sink Russia at women's Euro
Sweden's Stina Blackstenius (L) vies with Russia's Elvira Ziyastinova during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 football match between Sweden and Russia at Stadion De Adelaarshorst in Deventer on Friday. PHOT
Schelin scored Sweden's opening goal on 22 minutes, heading in a superb free-kick taken by Magdalena Ericsson.
 
Blackstenius made it 2-0 in the 51st minute as she picked up a poor goal kick by Russian keeper Tatiana Shcherbak, beat two defenders and fired a shot that Anna Kozhnikova only managed to deflect into the net off the post.
 
“Three points, two goals, that's good,” said Sweden coach Pia Sundhage. “I'm happpy about the result and parts of the performance, especially in the first half.”
 
Russia could have secured a quarter-final berth if they had won, following their surprising 2-1 win over Italy in the Group B opener.
 
But they never got close as Sweden put them under heavy pressure from the start with Kosovare Asllani's long-range shot smacking the crossbar on 10 minutes.
 
It took Russia half an hour to threaten up front, but Elena Danilova missed from long range.
 
At the other end, Schelin shot narrowly wide across goal and Linda Sembrant headed wide from a corner just before half-time.
 
Sweden continued to dominate in the second half but squandered their chances, with Sembrant heading against the post five minutes from the end.
 
“Sweden were very strong when it comes to set pieces, there were a lot of them and this was something that didn't allow us to play well,” said Russian coach Elena Fomina.
 
In the other Group B game, defending champions Germany edged Italy 2-1.