Alert message sent 08/08/2018 16:39:00

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Following the recent significant seizure of drugs by Cheshire Police , we would encourage those who are affected by drug dependency or associated issues such as being forced to be involved in crimes, being in debt due to drugs , seeking ,money through loan sharks to seek help and access support  that is available to them through the following agencies NHS , Drug & Alcohol Services :

Contact  :  

NHS direct ,

Pathways Warrington 01925 415176, or out of hours on 07919558644,

Warrington Borough Council  :  , text ‘loan shark’ to 60003 or call 0300 555 2222

Loan sharks

How do I report a loan shark? 

Help us stop loan sharks now

Would you know how to spot a loan shark? What would you do if you or someone close to you became tangled in a spiral of debt to an unlicensed lender?

With an estimated 310,000 households in the UK borrowing from unlicensed lenders, or loan sharks as they are more commonly known, the scale of the problem is massive. Anyone who operates a money lending business without a licence from the Office of Fair Trading is acting illegally. The Northwest Trading Standards Authority’s illegal money lending team are cracking down on unlicensed lenders who:

  • rarely offer paperwork so those who borrow from them are kept in the dark about how much they still owe
  • can charge extortionate rates of interest- rates of 131,000% APR have been seen
  • add additional amounts to the debt so the borrowers struggle to repay
  • take items as security - these items could even include passports and bank cards
  • resort to extreme methods to reclaim their debts - this could mean threats, intimidation, violence or worse
  • Regards

Sarah Pengelly: Chief Inspector LPU Commander

Cheshire Police. Warrington LPU, Charles Stewart House , Museum Street, Warrington. WA1 1NE

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Jayne Drum (Police, Beat Management , WARR Beat B)

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