SHARK-savvy students in Redditch have been learning about the dangers of illegal money lenders with an interactive drama class.
A theatre group visited Year 9 students at Arrow Vale RSA Academy and Trinity High School this week to teach youngsters of the perils of borrowing money illegally and the importance of avoiding loan sharks in adult life.
Life lessons on responsible lending were given by the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) – a specialist unit that investigates and prosecutes loan sharks – who have been working with White Socks Theatre.
Students took part in an interactive workshop with live actors in the project which was funded by more than £4,000 of proceeds of crime money.
The cash came from loan sharks’ assets seized by the courts under money laundering laws.
Tony Quigley, head of the Illegal Money Lending Team, said: “Loan sharks are a blight on our communities and prey on vulnerable families who struggle to make ends meet.
“It is important to give students an understanding of the dangers of loan sharks from an early age so they know to avoid these criminals in later life. The workshops highlight the impact this crime has on victims and how a small loan can quickly trap people into spiraling debt.
“If you or someone you know have been the victim of a loan shark, we urge you to come forward and report to us on 0300 555 2222 – all calls are strictly confidential.”
For more information visit www.stoploansharks.uk