The BBC report:

A council, critical of so-called payday loan companies, has jointly invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in one of the largest, the BBC has learned.

Labour-led Newcastle City Council has blocked access to the most popular payday websites from computers at its libraries and customer service centres.

It also wants to ban billboard adverts for short-term lenders.

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