Visa investigates "service disruption" across Europe

The Visa payment system has crashed across Britain. It's not the shop's fault, but Visa's. Visa says it's aware of the problem and developing a fix, which might be working already.

The credit card payment firm confirmed the service disruption in a statement, and said it is in the throes of establishing its cause.

"Visa is now experiencing a service disruption", the company said in a statement on Friday.

Payment processing company Paymentsense said late Friday afternoon that transactions were starting to go through after a period of disruption but "there is still some intermittency" because of a backlog. Shoppers have reported "cash only" in supermarkets across the country.

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Permanent TSB also said that its Visa Debit Cards can be used at the bank's ATM.

The issue with payments began just after 2:30pm today. We are working to resolve the matter and apologise for any inconvenience caused. "We will keep you updated".

All payment providers will be unable to send or receive money.

A Sainsbury's spokesperson commented: "We are aware that Visa are now experiencing problems. Good job my local garage knows me".

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