Snooker hall owner jailed for fake coin plot

Young kept the press at the back of his snooker hall, Rumours
Young kept the press at the back of his snooker hall, Rumours
  • Paul Young has been jailed for 15 months for keeping a hydraulic press used to make fake £1 coins
  • His snooker hall was raided in 2012 and officers found a hoard and step-by-step instructions of how to forge coins
  • He was found not guilty of possessing the hoard but guilty of having the equipment
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A snooker hall owner who planned to forge a hoard of fake £1 coins has been jailed for 15 months.

Paul Young, 51, of Hayman Road in Brackley, kept a 75-tonne hydraulic press in an annex at the back of Rumours snooker hall.

Police raided his Brackley hall in 2012 and found the press, piles of metal, a glass oven and step-by-step instructions of how to make fake coins.

Officers also found around 2,000 fake coins but at Northampton Crown Court on Monday, Young was found not guilty of possessing them.

However, he was sentenced to 15 months behind bars for keeping the equipment and planning to create counterfeit, protected coins.

Young was stripped of his licence for a second time and ordered to pay a £100 surcharge.

Speaking after the court case, his wife, Vanessa, said the family is ‘in shock’ but her husband had no plans to use the hydraulic press.

She said: “It could be any press you have in your garage. He didn’t actually buy it to use it.

“It’s been three years and I want it all over and done with.”

A spokesman for South Northants Council said Young was suspended from running the hall after the raid in October 2012.

A woman who worked at the hall took over but he was reinstated as licence holder in April 2014 because ‘the offence was not related to the terms of the premises licence’.