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Banknote Watch Trust

Company No. 4149042 (A Company limited by guarantee)

Registered Office: Banknote Watch Trust, Spinnaker House, Saltash Parkway, Saltash. PL12 6YH.

Dye stained note

How to identify stolen or stained banknotes

To identify stolen or stained notes you should look for:

  • Notes that look, feel or smell different.
  • Staining - green, bluish purple or red around the edges of the notes or across one side as though they have been dipped in ink
  • Burning or charring. This may be as the result of the heat used in smoke systems.
  • Fading, the absence of the watermark or foil, or a change in the feel of the banknote. This may be result of efforts to remove the stain using various means.
  • During a search - containers of chemicals, trays, gloves etc. that could be used in the cleaning or separating of banknotes. Staining on items – sink, bath, washing machine or stained clothing.

For more information on identification of stolen notes and relevant cash degradation manufacturers, members of the Police can log on to the Police-only area of the website.

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