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These brilliant painted rocks by Runcorn Rocks are being hidden in secret locations to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.
Runcorn Police is encouraging everyone to join in by searching for the rocks and posting pictures on social media.
If you find one please take a picture with it and tag us #SharkyRocks so we can see you! Lucky finders will receive a free family pass for Norton Priory Museum & Garden.
Good luck and remember to re-hide the rocks for others to find!We are pleased to have partnered with #runcornrocks for the stop the loan shark project. Find one of our painted rocks, post on Runcorn rocks using #sharkyrocks and you will win a free family pass for Norton Priory Museum and Gardens. There is one prize for each rock found, but please hide again once found so we can spread the word and see how far Sid can go. #nortonpriorymuseum ... See MoreSee Less
Two suspected loan sharks have been arrested following an operation in #Bradford.
The men, aged 33 and 49, were arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering offences after officers executed warrants at three residential addresses in #Wilsden, #Keighley and #Haworth earlier today.
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Our 'No Sharks at the Beach' proceeds of crime event in #Northfield was featured on BBC One Ill Gotten Gains programme this morning.
The interactive family event helped raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and offered parents advice on where to access support from safe and ethical alternatives such as Citysave Credit Union.
You can watch the episode here: bbc.in/2JvAwYf ... See MoreSee Less
Illegal money lending safeguard partnership receives hero award
A campaign to raise awareness of the perils of using loan sharks in #Runcorn, #Halton, has won a national award.
Operation Gripped, a three-way partnership, received this year’s prestigious Outstanding Trading Standards Initiative Hero Award from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) have been working alongside Runcorn Police and Halton Borough Council Trading Standards to educate communities about the risks of illegal money lending and highlight safer borrowing methods to help prevent the use of loan sharks.
In a short space of time successes have included the Spot the Shark social media competition that reached over 64K, Christmas card design competition across local schools and produced a profile raising, imaginative Lego animation.
The CTSI Hero Awards celebrate those who make outstanding contributions towards consumer protection in our communities.
PC Ian Hampson and PCSO Georgina Griffiths from Cheshire Police and Halton Trading Standards Manager Deana Perchard were presented with the award at the CTSI Hero Awards 2019 ceremony.
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Loan shark victim receives hero award for bravery
A loan shark victim who was driven to the brink of suicide has been awarded the CTSI Brian Smith Hero Award by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) for his courage and bravery throughout his harrowing ordeal.
Matthew, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, initially took out a small loan in desperation after giving up work to care for his sick wife. The debts quickly rose as he struggled to make extortionate repayments, and he soon found himself in thousands of pounds worth of debt to unscrupulous illegal money lenders.
Besieged and intimidated by loan sharks in his own home, and under constant threat of violence, Matthew spiralled into depression and almost took his own life. Instead, Matthew contacted the England Illegal Money Lending Team, and his evidence and support led to a successful prosecution.
Having since moved on, Matthew has spoken out about his experience, undertaking media appearances to raise awareness of the risks of loan sharks. His story has been shared across the UK prison network to help prisoners and families avoid illegal lenders.
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Great day yesterday! West Midlands Public Health Practitioner masterclass on Organised Crime & Modern Slavery. Thank you Nadeem @LoanSharkNews #publichealth @NHSHEE_Midlands
Keep those eyes peeled #Runcorn! @PoliceRuncorn are raising awareness about loans sharks. Find one of their special painted rocks around Runcorn, post a pic on Runcorn rocks using #sharkyrocks and you will WIN A FREE FAMILY PASS for @NortonPriory! https://t.co/NelPRp2FMB
These brilliant painted rocks by @RocksRuncorn are being hidden in secret locations around #Runcorn! 🦈 If you find one please take a picture with it and tag us #SharkyRocks so we can see you! Lucky finders will receive a free family pass for @NortonPriory 😀 Good luck!
🦈 Our loan shark campaign is on Weavers Wharf today 11-1pm giving out advice on how to avoid being a victim of loan sharks 🦈 @LoanSharkNews @KMinsterCops @WMerciaPolice @SgtDKing @WeDontBuyCrime @WestMerciaPCC4
- Campaign underway in Wyre Forest to warn of loan shark dangers July 12, 2019
- Suspected loan sharks arrested in Bradford July 9, 2019
- Loan shark victim receives Hero Award for bravery July 8, 2019