A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering, following an operation in Warrington on Wednesday, 12th September. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) working in partnership with officers from Warrington Borough Council Trading Standards and Cheshire Police executed a warrant at a residential address in Fearnhead and seized documentation and electronic devices. The suspect has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Nationally, Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 382 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 329 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £73.7 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 28,000 people. To report a loan shark: Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222 Text a report to 078600 22116 Visit the website www.stoploansharks.co.uk E-mail reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk Private message us on www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject

Please pass this information to family, friends, neighbours and anyone else who may be vulnerable. For general consumer advice ring Citizen’s Advice Consumer Advice service on 03454 04 05 06. https://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/201127/trading_standards, email tradingstandards@warrington.gov.uk