News story: Britain bites back in the fight against loan sharks

first_imgIn total, £5.67 million of funding will be provided to Britain’s Illegal Money Lending Teams (IMLT) and bodies in Northern Ireland to tackle illegal lending – a 16% increase compared to the previous year. The money will be used to investigate and prosecute illegal lenders, and to support those who have been the victim of a loan shark.Since the Illegal Money Lending Team was established in England in 2004, they’ve made over 380 prosecutions, leading to 328 years’ worth of sentences, and have written off over £73 million of illegal debt, helping over 28,000 people to escape the jaws of the loan sharks. Similar teams operate in Scotland and Wales.In Northern Ireland, the Consumer Council will lead its first ever education and awareness campaign to help prevent the most vulnerable from being bitten by loan sharks, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) will get funding for a specialised officer who will lead on illegal lending within the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.Tony Quigley, Head of the England Illegal Money Lending Team, said: These nasty lenders are nothing more than lowlife crooks taking hard-earned cash from the pockets of the most vulnerable. Over 300,000 people are in debt to illegal money lenders in the Britain and they need to know that we’re on their side. That’s why we’re taking the fight to the loan sharks and spending more than ever to support their victims. Loan sharks are a blight on society and prey on vulnerable people who struggle to make ends meet. These criminals use callous methods to enforce repayment and victims are often subjected to threats, intimidation and violence. We will not tolerate this sort of criminal activity in our country and loan sharks who are caught flouting the law will be pursued and prosecuted. It is important for people to realise that alternatives to borrowing from loan sharks are available if you are in financial difficulty. Loan sharks are never the answer and we strongly support credit unions who can provide a safe and legal alternative. If you have been affected by illegal money lending, please call our confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222. John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury said:center_img Britain bites back in the fight against loan sharksLoan sharks face a fresh crackdown today (25 April), with more funding to tackle unlawful lending, and an increase in the amount of money seized from loan sharks to support those most vulnerable to their nasty tactics. over £5.5 million will be spent to fund the fight against loan sharks, helping to investigate and prosecute illegal lenders, and support their victims £100,000 of money already seized from loan sharks will also be spent to encourage people in England at risk of being targeted by loan sharks to join a credit union, helping them to access a safer form of finance and get their lives back on track and for the first time in Northern Ireland a new education project will be created to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and to support vulnerable communitieslast_img read more

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Coffee king taking Surfers Paradise apartment to auction

first_img4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.“My wife and I are both from migrant families, so realistically three homes are too much and that’s why we decided to sell the apartment,” Mr Di Bella said. Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige is taking the property to auction on January 28 at The Event.The Event kicks off at 11am at Royal Pines Resort. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.Floor-to- ceiling retractable stacker doors open on to the expansive outdoor balcony to enhance the sense of space, taking advantage of the spectacular panorama of the Gold Coast’s beachfront. The apartment has three bedrooms, each with their own ensuite, plus a powder room. There is also a separate office and media room featuring a fully equipped home theatre with integrated Cbus lighting and sound. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.The apartment has quality fixtures and fittings throughout, with gas cooktops and a coffee maker, of course. The finishes are complemented by limestone tiles, granite benchtops and rich timber panelling. Mr Di Bella said the decision to sell was difficult, as his family enjoys heading to the Gold Coast when they can. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.After two years enjoying their coastal getaway, the Brisbane-based Mr Di Bella is selling the spacious apartment. The residence spans 337sq m across the entire fourth floor of Allure, a boutique development with 13 resident-only apartments. The apartment blends a relaxed design with open plan living, while offering the ultimate in privacy. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.“It’s a great holiday home and a place for us to escape, especially over Christmas and the holidays,” Mr Di Bella said. “We love it because it’s right on the beach and the first thing you see in the morning is the water. “You could be anywhere in the world in that location. “Even though we’re in the very heart of the action on the Gold Coast, it’s a remarkably quiet place — and with only 12 other apartments it’s like the entire building is your own.” 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise is going under the hammer on January 28.EVEN before his first sip of morning brew, coffee king Phillip Di Bella’s weekend escape on the Gold Coast would kick off with the spectacular ocean vista from his fourth floor apartment at Allure in Surfers Paradise. “We get a view of the water from every room in the apartment,” said Mr Di Bella. “It’s a great start to any day.” 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.Mr Di Bella said the fourth floor position offered a close connection with the beach as well as privacy, saying “we can see for miles up and down the beachfront, but the world can’t see in”. The Di Bellas decided to sell after spending more time in Queenstown, New Zealand, where they recently built a new luxury home. last_img read more

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Leading courses on England schedule for 2015

first_img5 Mar 2013 Leading courses on England schedule for 2015 A string of prestigious venues feature on the England Golf 2015 calendar of events just released, none more so than for the blue riband championships for men and women. The Brabazon Trophy will be hosted by the Notts Golf Club at Hollinwell, the Men’s English Amateur by Alwoodley in Leeds, while Hunstanton and Sheringham will be the scene of the Women’s Amateur Championship and the Girls’ Championship respectively. Hollinwell (image copyright Tom Ward) has staged the Brabazon on four occasions. The first in 1959 saw Doug Sewell beat Michael Bonallack by a shot in an 18-hole playoff. Then in 1975 Sandy Lyle won the first of his two Brabazon titles, while Charlie Banks, now a senior international, won in 1983. On the last occasion in 1992, Ignacio Garrido took the title back to Spain. The qualifying venues for the Brabazon will be Liphook (South) and Clitheroe (North). The Men’s English Amateur has been played only once at Alwoodley, in 2003 when Gary Lockerbie beat Michael Skelton in the final. Then it was a straight match play format but now there is a 36-hole qualifying competition over two courses and the other course in 2015 will be Pannal at Harrogate, which has been the scene of other England Golf competitions including the annual under 16 contest against Spain. This will be the sixth time the English Women’s Amateur Championship has been contested over Hunstanton’s classic links. The Norfolk club first hosted the event in 1922, followed by 1956, ‘68, ‘84 and 2000 when Emma Duggleby (now Brown) of Yorkshire was the winner. The club regularly hosts top amateur events and its honours board includes women’s British championships, the Brabazon Trophy and Home Internationals. North Norfolk neighbours Sheringham and Royal Cromer will play host to around 250 of the country’s leading girl golfers competing for national titles. It will be 15 years since they played similar roles: Sheringham held the millennium English girls’ championship – won by Sophie Walker, who now plays on the Ladies’ European Tour – while Royal Cromer was the venue for the forerunner of the English under 15 and under 13 events. Norfolk will also play host for the Boys County Championship Finals at King’s Lynn, which was the venue for the Men’s Champion Club in 2003. Apart from the Men’s English Amateur, several more England Golf events are scheduled for northern venues. The Logan Trophy, the men’s over 35 championship, will head for Northumberland Golf Club, near Newcastle, the McGregor Trophy, the boys under 16 championship, will be at Wallasey, the Women’s Open stroke play at St Anne’s Old Links, and the Reid Trophy, the boys under 14 championship, at Preston. Northumberland and Wallasey have both hosted the Carris Trophy, the boys under 18 Championship in recent years. In 2004 Pablo Martin from Spain won at Northumberland while Stiggy Hodgson needed a playoff to win at Wallasey in 2008. Little Aston will stage the Carris in 2015. The English women’s open stroke play will make a return after ten years to St Anne’s Old Links in Lancashire, while the English Women’s Open Mid-Amateur will be played at Trentham in Staffordshire for the first time as will Preston for the Reid. Towards the end of the season, England will host the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Copt Heath near Birmingham, Wychwood Park near Crewe will see the Men’s County Championship Finals, while the Senior Men’s County Championship Finals will be at Robin Hood. 2015 competitions and venues Women’s South Region Medal Final (Royal Blackheath, Kent) Women’s South West Region Medal Final (Weston-super-Mare, Somerset) Senior Women’s Amateur (Oakdale, Yorkshire) Women’s Midlands South Region Medal Final (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) Brabazon Trophy Southern Qualifier (Liphook, Hampshire, IoW & CI) Brabazon Trophy Northern Qualifier (Clitheroe, Lancashire) Women’s Amateur (Hunstanton, Norfolk) Women’s Midlands North Region Medal Final (Rothley Park, Leicestershire) Women’s North Region Medal Final (Slaley Hall, Northumberland) Men’s Seniors Amateur (Worplesdon and West Hill, Surrey) Women’s Grand Medal Final (Coventry, Warwickshire) Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play, Brabazon Trophy (Notts Hollinwell, Nottinghamshire) Men’s Open Mid-amateur Stroke Play, Logan Trophy (Northumberland) Boys’ U-16 Open Amateur Stroke Play, McGregor Trophy (Wallasey, Cheshire) Women’s Open Mid-amateur (Trentham, Staffordshire) Senior Men’s and Women’s Midlands Region Tournament (Beau Desert, Staffordshire) Senior Men’s and Women’s South Region Tournament (Saunton, Devon) Boys’ U-18 Open Amateur Stroke Play, Carris Trophy (Little Aston, Stafforshire) Girls’ Open Amateur (Sheringham, Norfolk) Girls’ Open U-13 and U-15 Championships (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) Men’s Amateur Championship (Alwoodley and Pannal, Yorkshire) Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play (St Annes Old Links, Lancashire) Boys’ U14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Reid Trophy (Preston, Lancashire) Boys’ County Championship (King’s Lynn, Norfolk) Senior Men’s and Women’s North Region Tournament (Harrogate, Yorkshire) PING Grand and Plate Finals (Gainsborough, Lincolnshire) Men’s Champion Club (Brancepeth Castle, Durham) Men’s Senior Home Internationals (Copt Heath, Warwickshire) Men’s County Championhship (Wychwood Park, BB&O) Senior Women’s Brenda King Foursomes (Coxmoor, Nottinghamshire) Men’s Senior County Finals (Robin Hood, Warwickshire)last_img read more

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