Identity theft is when your personal details are stolen and identity fraud is when those details are used to commit fraud.  One way to avoid making it easy for the criminals is to ensure your confidential, personal paperwork gets shredded when you dispose of it.

So in 2018, West Marsh Community Centre (WMCC) in Grimsby applied for funding from the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioners Crime Reduction Fund to support an idea to reduce the potential for identity theft locally.

The end result is four large shredders placed into community venues across North East Lincolnshire and a promotional campaign to ensure that people are woken up to the possibility of identify theft and start to use the shredders to dispose of confidential documents.

Use of the shredders is completely free for local residents – you’ll just need to access the venues at appropriate times and follow the rules for using the shredders.

So we’re encouraging the community to shred unwanted confidential documents, letters and even old credit cards. Throwing them into the bin should not be an option (all too easy for someone to remove from the bin and collect personal information).

So use the shredders yourself, tell other and keep spreading the word. Let’s try and tackle identity fraud together.

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Where to Find a Shredder

West Marsh Community Centre
Beeson Street, Grimsby, DN31 2QH

Grant Thorold Library
Durban Road, Grimsby, DN32 8BX

Immingham Civic Centre
Pelham Road, Immingham, DN40 1QF

Sidney Sussex Pavilion
Sidney Sussex Recreation Ground, Brereton Avenue, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AB

For further information contact West Marsh Community Centre.

West Marsh Community Centre, Beeson Street, Grimsby, DN31 2QH. Telephone 01472 269230. email

There is now a fifth Community Shredder at

Big Local North Cleethorpes Community Hub
82 Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 7DP

This shredder has been funded directly by Big Local North Cleethorpes. (more information here)

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, access to the community shredders will be entirely at the discretion of the various venues. Their opening hours/availability may have changed and they may or may not be able to make the shredders available for your use. Please check ahead. In the meantime, please make sure you thoroughly destroy your personal information before disposal.

Identity Fraud

Should you have any concerns about identity fraud then please contact the Police via 101 (non-urgent) or

or visit this Identity Theft website to find out more.