With Christmas approaching, comes the threat of more people suffering at the hands of loan sharks. Bournemouth Council is working with Citizens Advice Bournemouth in reaching out to local residents to help more people avoid this illegal enterprise and those already suffering from it.

Citizens Advice Bournemouth is training key people in the community on dealing with illegal money lending to help those affected get the assistance they need.

You can contact Citizens Advice Bournemouth confidentially on their Advice Line at 03444 111 444 if you or anyone you know is affected by loan sharks or for debt assistance. If you would like to report a loan shark, call the Illegal Money Lending Team on 0300 555 2222 (available 24/7).

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