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Wor Jackie’s Back!

Wor Jackie’s Back!

by Marty

A much loved statue of Jackie Milburn is being moved to its new home in Ashington outside the £21m Ashington Leisure Centre.

Councillor Dave Ledger, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “We know what Jackie means to the people of Ashington, and why it’s so important to have the statue in a prominent place where people can appreciate it.

“The redevelopment of Station Road over the last six months has given us the opportunity to relocate the statue and I think the leisure centre is the most fitting place, where the statue can be a sporting landmark and an inspiration to others.”

Affectionately known as ‘Wor Jackie’, the Ashington-born striker scored 177 goals in 353 appearances for Newcastle United, and was adored by fans for his humility as much as his prowess on the pitch.

Jackie Milburn’s grand-daughter Laura Reed will perform the official unveiling at 11am on Thursday, February 9 along with her three children (Jackie’s great grandchildren). Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery will also be attending.

She said: “I’m delighted to be able to unveil the statue of my grampa at its new location.

“He was so well-known, both here in Ashington and throughout the north east, and we’ve missed not being able to see him over the past few months.

“This is an ideal setting and I am sure my grampa would be delighted that this statue is here to reflect the sporting heritage of the town.”


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Two Suspected Loan Sharks Arrested in Newcastle

Two Suspected Loan Sharks Arrested in Newcastle

by Marty

A 51 year-old man and 57 year-old woman were arrested this morning (31/01) on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering following an operation in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) working in partnership with Newcastle City Council Trading Standards and Northumbria Police executed warrants at three home addresses. At two of the addresses, IMLT officers seized documentation, a quantity of cash and electronic devices.

The suspect’s currently remain in custody and are being questioned by IMLT officers.

Tony Quigley, Head of Service for the National Illegal Money Lending Team said:

“We will continue to work to combat loan sharks. They can cause untold misery to the most disadvantaged in our communities. We would urge anyone with information about loan sharking or victims of loan sharks to contact the team on 0300 555 2222.”

Newcastle Neighbourhood Sergeant Pinner Rana said:

“Northumbria Police is aware that illegal money lending does take place, particularly in this tough financial climate, and we know that illegal money lenders target those people in the community who are vulnerable and generate a spiral of debt which victims can’t get out of.

“We are determined, with our partners, to disrupt this activity and put loan sharks out of business. I’d urge anyone with information concerning illegal money lending to contact the England Illegal Money Lending Team or the police. Any information given will be treated in confidence.”

Cllr Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council, who chairs the city’s Financial Inclusion Group, said:

“I welcome any action taken against loan sharks and suspected loan sharks.

“Newcastle City Council has always had zero tolerance to people who exploit the vulnerable. We will follow these cases with interest and in the meantime warn the public to stay clear of illegal money lenders and the misery they pedal.”

Nationally, Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 370 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 318 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £71.9 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 26,500 people.

To report a loan shark:

Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222

Text a report to 078600 22116

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