AS PART of Safeguarding Week England’s Illegal Money Lending Team mascot ‘Sid the Shark’ will be visiting Morrisons car park in Castlegate, Malton on Friday, June 28, between 10am and 2pm to raise awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks.

There will also be information about alternative safer forms of lending such as credit unions.

Money confiscated from convicted loan sharks will also be used to back new credit union accounts in Ryedale.

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “The council work closely with Community First Credit Union to help provide an alternative to high street banking and an option for local residents who struggle to access mainstream banking”

The first 50 people to join Community First Credit Union and make regular instalments into their account will qualify for a savings boost of £25.

For more information about the credit union phone 0303 0300010 or visit their website

To report a loan shark call the 24/7 confidential helpline 0300 555 2222, text a report to 078600 22116 or complete a secure form online.