Polymer banknotes 'will only melt in extreme heat'

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has brushed off fears that polymer banknotes would be damaged by heat, after it was announced it would be introduced in 2016.

Mr Carney said: "They don't melt in the heat, unless it's extreme heat. You have to get above boiling for it to actually happen".

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney speaks at a news conference over polymer banknotes. Credit: Dylan Martinez/PA Wire

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New £5 bank notes to be made from plastic

Plastic bank notes are to be issued by the Bank of England for the first time when the new £5 featuring Sir Winston Churchill appears in 2016.