Man jailed for smuggling fake £1 coins into UK

A man has been jailed for trying to smuggle 450,000 fake £1 coins into the UK.

Edward Magill conspired with lorry driver William Turnbull to transport the counterfeit money from the Netherlands.

The plot was foiled when the driver's flat-bed trailer was stopped by border control at North Shields ferry terminal in December 2012.

Image: The coins were transported in barrels
Fake coins
Image: The Royal Mint confirmed the coins were counterfeit

Officers found the coins hidden underneath metal washers inside six barrels.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the coins had been illegally made at the European Central Mint in Westpoort, Amsterdam.


Magill, 55, from Newry in Northern Ireland, received a 50-month sentence on Friday after being found guilty of conspiring to import fake currency.

Image: Magill's plot unravelled when Border Force officers stopped the vehicle at North Shields

Turbull, from Haltwhistle in Northumberland, was given 20 months after a separate trial in 2015.

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