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.

A number of Community Shredders now exist across North East Lincolnshire. Members of the public can visit these shredders to dispose of their personal information more easily.

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.

Where to Find a Shredder

Shredder funded through the Safer Streets East Marsh fund in 2023:

Canopy Community Hub
Grant Thorold Park, Durban Road, Grimsby, DN32 8BX

Shredders funded by Big Local North Cleethorpes:

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

Age UK Cleethorpes office
20 Wardall street, Cleethorpes, DN35 8HA

Shredders funded in 2018 through the Crime Reduction Fund:

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

Immingham Civic Centre
Pelham Road, Immingham, DN40 1QF

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

Remember that these shredders are provided for personal use by residents – they are not for businesses.  If you have a very large amount of shredding you may be asked to take your waste away with you.  Shredders are generally available when the venues are open, but you may be asked to make an appointment or come back at a different time as these venues host the shredders on a voluntary basis and will need to fit in around their normal staff time.

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.