25 April 2018
North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey has welcomed funding to crack down on illegal loan sharks.
The PSNI paramilitary crime task force is to receive money as part of £5.5 million which is to be used to fight unlawful money lending. A specialist officer will be designated to crack down on loan sharks in Northern Ireland.
Mr Storey, DUP spokesperson on policing said, “All too often people have forced themselves into debt and have turned to drastic measures as a means of help. Loan sharks are not the answer and often lead to bigger problems. Education and knowledge of the help out there is key whenever debt is looming overhead.
Awareness of the dangers is much needed and I am glad that funding is now being made available to help crack down on the activity of loan sharks. I understand the Consumer Council will take a lead on the educational programmes and have a wealth of knowledge in relation to helping those in debt.
The message is - if you are in debt support is out there. Exhortation of vulnerable people in a difficult financial situation is wrong. Loan sharks are not the Robin Hood of society and their activity must be thwarted at every opportunity. This extra funding will go some way to tackling this scourge on society.”