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Harwich week of action to tackle loan sharks

13 Sep Harwich week of action to tackle loan sharks

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is working in partnership with Tendring District Council to deliver a new campaign to raise awareness of loan sharks in Harwich and Dovercourt.

The ‘bite back’ campaign involves an anti-loan shark charter event, police training, loan shark quiz and school sessions with mascot Sid the Shark.

On Monday, September 17, Tendring District Council will join a range of community based organisations to sign the new zero tolerance pledge towards loan sharks.

The charter aims to bring organisations together to make a statement that loan sharks will not be tolerated in the local community and send a clear message that they are united in a zero tolerance approach to illegal money lending.

Other work will include police and debt advocates being trained on how to spot loan sharks in the community and support victims.

Harwich and Dovercourt residents can get free, confidential, and impartial advice on a range of issues including housing, benefits and welfare at drop-in sessions held by Citizens Advice at Harwich Job Centre.

Sessions are held on Monday and Tuesday between 9.30am and 12.30pm, and no appointment is needed.

You may also access advice and information at any time on the Citizens Advice website.