THREE Wirral women have been bailed following an investigation into illegal money lending in Birkenhead.

The women – aged 33, 35 and 67, were arrested on Wednesday after The England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with Wirral Council, executed warrants at two residential addresses.

After being arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, the women have been bailed while further enquiries are carried out.

A search of the properties discovered a substantial amount of cash and documentation.