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Hull bankruptcy cases increase: Citizens' Advice Bureau

The number of people in Hull who are seeking help for their debt has nearly doubled in a year, according to the Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB).

The CAB said it had dealt with 265 personal bankruptcy cases between October and December, compared to 140 in the same quarter last year.

Ray Davies, who works in the city centre office, said he had seen a rise doorstep lenders.

The centre said it was encouraging more people to come forward and seek help.

'Overcome their fears'

Mr Davies added: "It's something that we've seen a steady increase [in] over quite a period of time."

The CAB in Hull said it had also seen a rise in people's issues over unsecured loans, overdrafts and credit cards.

"People are embarrassed about their debts. I would ask people to overcome their fears and pop through the doors and have a word with us.

"There may well be a lot more than what we can do than people realise," said Mr Davies.

"It only needs any one or a mix of accidents, sickness, unemployment, relationship breakdown, and then suddenly there's a real issue."

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