Man arrested for loanshark harassment after Canberra Road flat gets splashed with red paint

A 33-year-old man was nabbed on Thursday (May 11) for loanshark harassment after a residential unit at Canberra Road was found splashed with red paint.

The police said they received a report about the case on May 9.

Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Woodlands Police Division established the man's identity and arrested him.

The man will be charged in court on Friday under the Moneylenders Act 2008.

First-time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment face a fine of between $5,000 and $50,000, with mandatory imprisonment of up to five years, and up to six strokes of the cane.

The police said they have zero tolerance for loanshark harassment activities, adding: "Those who deliberately vandalise properties, cause annoyance and disruption to public safety and security, will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law."

Members of the public are advised to stay away from loansharks and not to work with or assist the loansharks in any way.

The public can call the police at '999' or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664 if they suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities.