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Dye Stained Banknotes

Each year in the UK, hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash is stolen and stained during robberies, due to the use of cash degradation systems that permanently mark the cash.

If this stained cash then goes into circulation, criminals are allowed to profit from the proceeds of crime and are not deterred from committing further offences.

To make this a less attractive crime the Bank of England works with the cash industry to promote the use of dye staining devices in cash boxes so that stolen notes are easily recognisable.

The Bank supports the work of the cash, security, and retail industries in fighting to deter cash robberies.

We advise that dye stained notes are probably stolen notes. Advice on what to do if you are offered a stained note can be obtained at