Suspected loan sharks
arrested following operation in Sefton
2 men, 1 aged 42, from Southport and the other 43,
from Litherland, were arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, following an operation in
the Sefton area of Merseyside.
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) working in partnership with Sefton
Trading Standards and Merseyside Police executed warrants at addresses in Bootle
and Southport. IMLT officers seized a quantity of cash, mobile phones, documents
and electronic equipment. Officers from Sefton Trading Standards seized a
quantity of Tobacco and Cigarettes which are suspected to be counterfeit.
Tony Quigley, Head of the Illegal Money Lending Team said:- "We will
continue to work to combat loan sharks. They can cause untold misery to the most
disadvantaged in our communities. We would urge anyone with information about
loan sharking or victims of loan sharks to contact the team on:- 0300 555 2222."
Nationally the Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 321
prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly
205 years worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £62 million worth
of illegal debt and helped over 25,000 victims.
To report a loan shark:-
►Call the 24/7 confidential hotline:- 0300 555 2222.
►Text:- 'loan shark + your message' to:- 60003.
► Send an