Two women arrested in Havant on suspicion of being loan sharks

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TWO suspected loan sharks have been arrested in a police crackdown on illegal lending.

The suspects are women aged 50 and 39 and were arrested in Havant in a joint operation by National Trading Standards’ illegal money lending team, Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire County Council.

The team executed four warrants seizing cash, loan documentation and products suspected to be drugs.

Team head Tony Quigley said: ‘We will continue to work to combat loan sharks.

‘They can cause untold misery to the most disadvantaged in our communities. We would urge anyone with information about loan sharking or victims of loan sharks to contact the team on 0300 555 2222.’

Nationally, illegal money lending teams have secured more than 332 prosecutions for illegal money lending.

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