The adverts are everywhere, some endorsed by celebrities and one soon to be on the shirts of Newcastle United players.
So-called payday loan companies offer small amounts of money at high interest rates over a short term.
The companies say they are a useful service, but charities say that they are worried about the increase in people from the North East getting into difficulties.
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