Thursday 23 November 2017

Woman 'had €26,000 stuffed in bra'

Kim Pilling

British officials seized €26,000 stuffed inside the bra of a woman as she arrived on a ferry from Ireland.

The cash was discovered on the Romanian national during checks at the Port of Holyhead, the UK Border Agency said yesterday.

The woman, travelling to North Wales from Dublin, said she got the money from the sale of a business in Ireland but could provide no proof of this.

She could not explain why she had concealed such a large sum of cash in €500 notes, the agency added.

Earlier this month, the Serious Organised Crime Agency announced that the €500 note would no longer be available over the counter in the UK after evidence showed more than 90pc of UK demand was linked to criminality.

Bob Lyne, UK Border Agency Assistant Director for Wales, said: "UK Border Agency officers are working hard at all our ports to prevent drugs, contraband or the potential proceeds of crime from entering or leaving the UK.

"Where we suspect that cash may be linked with criminal activity, we have the power to seize it and it will only be handed back if it is later proved to be legitimate."

The money was seized under the UK's Proceeds of Crime Act at Holyhead on May 18. It will only be returned to the woman if she can provide proof to a court that the money came from a legitimate source.

Irish Independent

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