A counterfeiter passed his time running off dud £20 notes on a home printer and colouring them in with pens to make them look authentic, a court has heard.

Francis Stevenson printed money for himself before going on a shopping spree.

But his fake banknotes scam came to an end when an alert shop assistance in Paisley spotted the forged bank note when the 44-year-old handed one over while attempting to make a purchase in a Causeyside Street store on July 19 and notified police.

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Stevenson was remanded in custody last month for reports to be prepared having pled guilty to four charges.

Yesterday he was given a Community Payback Order requiring him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.