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Ipswich declares war on Loan Sharks

A new war on loan sharks is being declared by the Borough Council and its partners.

After a week-long campaign in the south-east of the town over the winter, attention is turning to north west Ipswich, with a bid to drive out those who prey on the vulnerable.

The latest campaign launched on Monday 13th May at the Castle Hill Community Centre and now the partners are moving out into the community to talk to parents, community groups and the public about the dangers of loan sharks. The England Illegal Money Lending Team, Suffolk Trading Standards and the Police, will join Borough Councillors and staff in the week of action, which will also direct people to the Ipswich & Suffolk Credit Union.

Activities during the week of action include:
Monday 13th May: Visit to Tops Time club at the Library (2pm) and a walkabout and parents meet outside Whitton Primary School (3.15pm).

Tuesday 14th May: Walkabout in the Dale Hall Primary School area (8.30am), a chat to parents at Meredith Children’s Centre (12.30pm) and a walkabout in the Handford Hall Primary School area (3.15pm).

Wednesday 15th May: Meredith Road and Whitton walkabout (8.30am), Community Playbus meeting in Congreve Road (9.45am) and Mums and Tots session at Whitton Church (1.45pm).

Thursday 16th May: Walkabout around Castle Hill (8.30am) and a lesson in the Castle Hill Primary School (10am) and a walkabout in Whitehouse (11am).

Friday 17th May: Focus on lending session at the Wellington Children’s Centre in Chevallier Street (9.30am), a walkabout in Westgate and Gipping (11am), visiting the Community Playbus in Ulster Avenue (1.15pm and a football project at Whitton Sports Centre (9pm).

Saturday 18th May: Castle Hill walkabout (9.30am).

Sunday 19th May: Whitton Church families meeting and games session (9.30am).

Councillor Albert Grant, Chair of Ipswich Borough Council’s North-West Area Committee, said: “Many people who borrow from loan sharks are subjected to threats and violence. We want to alert residents to the dangers with this new campaign.”

To report a loan shark: Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222
Text ‘loan shark + your message’ to 60003
E-mail: reportaloanshark@stoploan sharks.gov.uk
Private message us on www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject

If you are in immediate danger phone 999.

For comment on the Credit Union, contact Sally Chicken, tel: 01473 690690.

For information on illegal money lending contact Sarah-Jayne Lynch, England Illegal Money Lending Team Communications officer on 0121 693 1030/ 07881617119 or email sarah-jayne.lynch@birmingham.gov.uk

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