Halton Borough Council Trading Standards has launched a series of animations to raise awareness of issues that are affecting Halton residents: loan sharks, counterfeiting and situations where we can be taken advantage of when we’re experiencing difficulties.

The animations were funded by the sale of a vehicle that was seized from a man selling counterfeit Vodka.

The car was sold at auction and the money used to produce the short films. To watch them, visit Halton Trading Standards YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeXIVsKOQx2YNOjEJyfLyAS-x4ntOApAM

They have been circulated to partners, including doctors’ surgeries, to help get the messages out.

Executive Board Member for Trading Standards,  Cllr Dave Cargill, said “We probably all know somebody who has been affected by loan sharks or those who are only too ready to take advantage of us when we’re not at our best.

“Hopefully, by watching the animations, those who are affected by these criminals will be able to recognise that what is happening to them is wrong and that there are people here to help. Counterfeiting is often thought to be a victimless crime – the animation shows that this isn’t true. It is appropriate that the seized assets of a counterfeits seller have been used to raise awareness of the danger of counterfeit goods.”

To report a loan shark:
Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222
Text a report to 078600 22116
Visit the website www.stoploansharks.co.uk
E-mail reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk
Private message us on www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject