A COLLECTION of posters created by graphic design students at the University of Bolton will be used as part of a nationwide campaign to tackle loan sharks.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team, who work in partnership with Bolton Trading Standards, launched the competition for students to create eye-catching designs which encourage people to steer clear of loan sharks.

More than 30 entries were showcased on the England Illegal Money Lending Team’s Facebook and Twitter pages and a number of designs will be used across the country.

Bolton councillor Nick Peel, executive cabinet member for environment, said: “Loan sharks are under-reported in Bolton and it is good to see Bolton University and Trading Standards working together to raise awareness of this crime.

“Loan sharks often exploit the disadvantaged or those in vulnerable situations. I would encourage any victim or anyone else with information to report loan sharks to the Trading Standards illegal money lending team.

Tony Quigley, head of the England Illegal Money Lending Team added: “It’s vitally important we raise awareness of this despicable crime.”

Loan shark victims can call 0300 555 2222.

Lines are open 24 hours a day and callers can remain anonymous.