Grimsby Town FC joins bid to kick out loan sharks

Trading standards officials hoping to stamp out illegal money lending in North East Lincolnshire have teamed up with Grimsby Town football club.

Members of the Stop Loan Sharks Project were at Blundell Park on Saturday as the Mariners took on Tamworth.

Officers from the Yorkshire and Humber Trading Standards illegal money lending team were there to give advice to fans.

Credit union representatives were also at the stadium to show their work as an alternative to illegal lenders.

'Live in fear'

Grimsby Town FC's commercial manager Dave Smith said: "Loan sharks are illegal, but unfortunately operate in our communities.

"We are happy to help spread the awareness of the dangers of loan sharks in the North East Lincolnshire area and to give the illegal money lending team a platform to work from to give people in our communities help and advice."

Jane Tomlinson, principal trading standards officer at North East Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: "It's important that people recognise that little loans from 'friends' may result in them ending up on a violent loan shark's books.

"People do not need to borrow from these people, other law-abiding lenders exist.

"Those who live in fear of reporting a loan shark shouldn't, help and protection is available to those that come forward."

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