BLUNDER COULD FREE TARTAN ARMY FORGERS; Mistake on Search Warrants
Mcillwraith, Gordon, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
A FORGERY gang who planned to use the Tartan Army to flood Europe with counterfeit cash are likely to walk free thanks to a police blunder.
When officers raided the factory, they found that the gang were preparing to forge pounds 1million every two hours.
But they had obtained the search warrants under the "1989 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act" - which was in fact passed in 1981.
And on the opening day of the trial, the gang's defence lawyers said this meant nothing that was found could be used in evidence.
At the Appeal Court yesterday, the judges' initial finding appeared to agree.
The gang were convicted after trial judge Lord Cameron accepted the defence argument that the case was invalid - then changed his mind the next day.
Thomas McAnea, 50, was jailed for 10 years, Raymond Dean, 46, for eight and a half years, master printer John McGregor, 43, for five years and printer Dennis McGinnis, 41, for 12 months.
The court heard that the factory in Beith Street, Glasgow, had been set up to print Bank of England pounds 20 notes in the biggest counterfeiting operation in Scotland's history. …