Suspected mortgage sharks have been arrested throughout early morning raids throughout Oldham.
Police arrested seven folks on suspicion of unlawful cash lending and cash laundering offences throughout the motion on Wednesday morning (August 5).
Specialist officers from the England Unlawful Cash Lending Group (IMLT) labored in partnership with Better Manchester Police’s Operation Challenger workforce and Oldham Council Buying and selling Requirements.
The workforce executed warrants at six addresses within the Coldhurst, Fitton Hill, Greenacres and Holts areas of the city.
Officers seized documentation and digital units throughout searches.
The suspects – all aged between 19 and 41 – stay in custody for questioning.
Tony Quigley, Head of the Unlawful Cash Lending Group, stated the motion follows a number of months of labor by officers.
“Mortgage sharks cost extortionate rates of interest and sometimes intimidate, threaten and entice susceptible victims in a cycle of concern and violence,” he stated.
“The motion taken in the present day, comes after months of arduous work by our devoted workforce of officers and associate companies, to assemble proof and intelligence in reference to quite a few people suspected of not solely unlawful cash lending inside the area people, however exploiting susceptible folks so as to take action.
“We’d urge anybody who believes that they might have been the sufferer of a mortgage shark to return ahead as quickly as doable, so we are able to guarantee they get the assist they want.”
Detective Sergeant Alex Brown, of GMP’s Operation Challenger throughout the Oldham District Division, stated he hopes the raids will supply reassurance to the group.
“I hope in the present day’s motion sends a transparent message to the folks of Oldham that alongside companions regionally and nationally we’re actively in search of to fight the menace and intimidation posed by mortgage sharks who impose a lifetime of distress and desperation to the lives of these they search to take advantage of,” he stated.
“We hope that the general public really feel reassured that in the event that they do encounter this sort of crime then they need to contact the IMLT or police in confidence with the data that every one efforts will likely be made to make sure that stories are completely investigated and that motion is taken.”
Councillor Amanda Chadderton is Oldham Council’s cupboard member for Human Sources and Company Reform.
She stated: “The coronavirus has had an enormous monetary influence on Oldham and plenty of of our residents, via no fault of their very own, have been hit arduous within the pocket.
“Sadly mortgage sharks will try to benefit from any scenario to prey on folks, particularly the susceptible.
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“They then go on to fleece their victims, usually utilizing intimidation and violence.
“These raids present the council, and our companions, is not going to enable this bullying and felony behaviour in our borough.
“Don’t be tempted to show to mortgage sharks – what could seem to be a small mortgage to tide you over, might find yourself costing you for years to return.”
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Nationally, Unlawful Cash Lending Groups have secured greater than 400 prosecutions for unlawful cash lending and associated exercise, resulting in 586 years’ value of custodial sentences. They’ve written off £83 million value of unlawful debt and helped over 30,000 folks.
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