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Three suspected loan sharks arrested in Southwell and Keyworth by Nottinghamshire Police and the England Illegal Money Lending Team

A man and two women have been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending after warrants were executed at two homes today.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team worked with Nottinghamshire Police to serve warrants in the Southwell and Keyworth areas today (November 14).

Officers seized documents and electronic devices from the addresses and a man, 43, and a woman, 35, were taken into custody and are helping with inquiries.

Nottinghamshire Police. Stock image
Nottinghamshire Police. Stock image

The Illegal Money Lending Team works in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards Service to investigate and prosecute illegal money lenders.

Tony Quigley, head of the team, said: “Illegal money lending will not be tolerated in England and we are working hard with our partners to combat this crime.

“If anyone thinks they, or anyone they know, has been affected by illegal money lending, they can get in touch with our specialist team in confidence for expert advice and support.”

The Centre for Social Justice estimates that there are up to 1.08 million people in debt to loan sharks in England.

Anyone with concerns about illegal money lending can contact the Stop Loan Sharks 24/7 helpline on 0300 555 2222 or access support online at www.stoploansharks.co.uk.

A live chat is available on the website between 9am and 5pm, from Monday to Friday.

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