Brit arrested in Turkey after £3,540 in fake £20 notes allegedly found at hotel

A British man has been arrested in Turkey after allegedly being found with thousands of pounds worth of fake cash after he gave a taxi driver a dodgy £20 note.

David Thompson was marched into court in handcuffs in front of his wife and children after a fake English £20 note allegedly paid to a taxi driver led police to a £3,540 haul which was reportedly hidden behind a painting in his hotel room.

Marmaris police released footage of their search at a five-star venue in the Sitelar district and images of the secret stash of £20 notes.

Cannabis is also alleged to have been found in ­Thompson’s room.

Turkish media reported the “Scottish tourist” had admitted to buying the counterfeit cash for £800 back home in Scotland, Daily Record reports.

Thompson, from Carluke, Lanarkshire, is a regular visitor to Marmaris.

He flew from Edinburgh to Dalaman on September 26 with wife Angela, 50, who shared news of their break on Facebook.

Four days later, he was in police custody.

National newspaper Habertürk said a taxi driver called Mert Durmaz alerted police after he went to the bank to cash an English note.

It said: “When the bank officer said the money was fake, Durmaz went to the Marmaris police headquarters and filed a complaint.

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"After the search decision taken from the prosecutor’s office, Marmaris Police Department Public Security Bureau teams examined the security camera records.

“Police determined that the tourist who gave the counterfeit money was David T. After it was determined that the Scottish tourist was staying in a five-star hotel in the Siteler district, a search was made in his hotel room.”

Police footage shows an officer pulling a white bag from behind a picture on the wall and unfolding a stash of bank notes. Next the officer is seen unwrapping a green bag and showing a brown substance to the camera.

Media reports said police seized 5g of cannabis and officers are understood to have found 177 fake £20 notes.

Habertürk’s report added: “The Scottish tourist stated that he bought the fake cash in Scotland for £800.

"David T was referred to Marmaris Courthouse for the charges of possession and marketing of counterfeit money and possession of drugs.”

In the footage shared online, a male Scottish voice in the background of the video can be heard saying, “You’re not allowed out the room,” before an agitated female shouts back, “Well guess what, I’m not sitting in here for hours.”

The Record tried to contact Angela yesterday but she could not be reached.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are supporting a British man and his family following his arrest in Turkey, and are in contact with the Turkish authorities.”

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