Thousands of UK passports stolen

Thursday, 31 July 2008, 3:16 PM EST

Anyone in search of a new identity in the coming years might find it easiest to opt for becoming British. Robbers hijacked a security van on its way from Manchester to London Monday morning and made off with about 3,000 blank British passports and visas that were destined for embassies overseas. The Foreign Office said the heist amounted to a "serious breach of security" but insisted the blank documents are unusable because of their high-tech-chip security features. "A blank isn't able to be used for crossing a border," said a Foreign Office representative.

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