Specialist team to continue tackling crime in York
12:09pm 6th July 2011
City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Crime and Community Safety, Cllr Sandy Fraser has approved a highly specialist Illegal Money Lending Team to continue its successful work in the city.
The decision was made at Cllr Fraser’s first decision session meeting, held on Tuesday 5th July, since being appointed as a Cabinet Member.
The Illegal Money Lending specialist team, funded by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills, operate a hot line that victims of loan sharks can call in confidence. Residents can speak to specialist officers who will help tackle loan sharks and related criminal activity in the city.
The specialist team of trading standards officers are based at Birmingham City Council and work in partnership with local trading standards services across the country and have worked with City of York Council since 2008.
The team has helped successfully prosecute criminals in York, including a case last year, which resulted in a successful prosecution for possessing a bodybuilding drug with intent to supply it to others, possessing cannabis, and possessing a stun gun.
Councillor Sandy Fraser, cabinet member for Crime and Community Safety, said:
“I’m serious about tackling crime and making the city a safer place for residents to live and tourists to visit. Illegal money lending is a particularly pernicious crime, which preys on some of the most vulnerable in our communities, especially in a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet.
“Working with this specialist Trading Standards team will continue to help make York a safer city with lower crime rates, whilst improving the well-being and support to residents.”
Matt Boxall, head of trading standards at City of York Council, said:
“There are many aspects to consider when tackling illegal money lending, the Birmingham team are sophisticated and have it all in place.
“The hot-line number is a local rate number on 0300 555 2222, or you can text loan shark and your message to 60003. We urge anyone with information on this activity to contact the team.”
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