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

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Banknote Watch offers essential advice as paper five pound note is withdrawn from circulation

As of today, Friday 5th May 2017, the paper £5 note will be officially withdrawn from circulation and no longer legal tender. While Banks, Building Societies and the Post Office are likely to accept notes after this date, pa...

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Teenagers sentenced for robberies

 A gang of robbers, which included three teenagers, have been jailed for more than 30 years following a string of robberies against cash-in-transit vans in London.  The gang was caught out after SmartWater staining found...

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Two men and woman found guilty of robbery

 Two men and a woman have been sentenced at Central Crown Court following a cash- in-transit robbery outside of a Tesco Express store in East London.  Darrell Wright, Easton Livingstone-Fofie and Lauren Bee were all foun...

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Good news from 3SI and IBF

 Good news from 3SI Security Systems:We have had confirmation from local police that following a raid on an RBS Group branch in August, the use of DNA tagging technology deployed by 3SI to protect the bank notes has resulted ...

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Gang jailed for attack on CIT courier

 A gang responsible for an attack on a cash-in-transit courier outside a branch of Barclays Bank in South London have been jailed after forensic evidence provided by SmartWater was used to link them with a stolen cash box.&nb...

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An expensive birthday card

 An unemployed man who stole £25,000 from a security guard claimed that he needed the money because he could not afford a birthday card for his wife.Richard Blake, 36, was jailed for 26 months after forensic evidence pr...

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Banknote Watch members win coveted award

 The coveted “POP” award (“Problem Oriented Policing”) was given on May 18th to both the Lancashire Constabulary and Applied DNA Sciences.  The award focused on a vicious cash robbery near Blackbu...


Manchester Crook Jailed After Admitting Robbery

 A robber who attacked a cash delivery courier outside a Manchester hotel has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison after he was arrested with SmartWater staining on his clothes.Michael McKeown from Audenshaw, Gr...

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Top Award to British Transport Police staff

 A British Transport Police Scientific Support Unit (SSU) staff member has been given a top award by the SmartWater Foundation for her expertise in the forensic handling of their high-tech crime reduction systems.Sarah King w...

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Eleven people sentenced to a total of 31 years imprisonment

 Loomis and Applied DNA Science’s unique taggant, SigNatureDNA®, has played a key role in the dismantling of a major drug ring in Gloucestershire, where eleven drug cartel members were sentenced to a total of 31 yea...

Impressive Police turnout for banknote security seminar

Police from across the country were given the chance to get close to the latest technology used in fighting cash-in-transit crime at a new event organised by crime reduction partnership, Banknote Watch.Attracting over 180 delegate...


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During the festive period, take extra care when checking your banknotes

   Retailers and businesses will be much busier than normal over the festive period and often employ temporary staff, so there is an increased risk of counterfeit banknotes being passed.During this busy time we are ...

Criminals are washing bank notes in a bid to escape the law

Criminals are literally washing stolen money in their homes in a bid to foil anti-theft technology.Detectives believe crooks in Greater Manchester are hand-washing cash bundles stained with so-called SmartWater dye.The pigment is ...

Applied DNA Sciences SigNature DNA Plays Key role as 'Cat from Red Dwarf' is Sentenced to 8 Years

With the help of Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) SigNature DNA UK West Midlands Police tracked down an armed robber after the security guard he attacked likened him to Cat from Red Dwarf!The victim of the robbery carried out by Usman...

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