Halton Borough Council Trading Standards has launched a series of animations to raise awareness of issues that are affecting residents of the Cheshire borough.
A new series of animations from Halton Borough Council Trading Standards – which were funded by the sale of a vehicle that was seized from a man selling counterfeit vodka – focus on loan sharks, counterfeiting and other situations in which vulnerable people can encounter difficulties.
The videos have been circulated to local partners, including doctors’ surgeries, in an effort to get the message out.
Halton Borough Council Executive Board Member for Trading Standards, Cllr Dave Cargill, said: “We probably all know somebody who has been affected by loan sharks or those who are only too ready to take advantage of us when we’re not at our best.
“Hopefully, by watching the animations, those who are affected by these criminals will be able to recognise that what is happening to them is wrong and that there are people here to help.
“Counterfeiting is often thought to be a victimless crime – the animation shows that this isn’t true. It is appropriate that the seized assets of a counterfeits seller have been used to raise awareness of the danger of counterfeit goods.”
All of the videos can be viewed on Halton Borough Council’s YouTube page here.