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Plastic bank notes get go-ahead after positive reaction

18 December 2013 Last updated at 15:30 GMT

Plastic bank notes are to be introduced by the Bank of England from 2016 after a public consultation.

Some 87% of the nearly 13,000 people asked were in favour of the polymer notes.

The £5 note featuring Sir Winston Churchill will be the first plastic banknote in circulation, followed by the £10 note featuring Jane Austen.

Emma Simpson reports.

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