Mayor elect scoops crime fighting award

Shop keeper recognised for zero tolerance approach to crime.

BARNSTAPLE’S new mayor elect is already helping to put the town on the map thanks to her no nonsense approach to antisocial behaviour.

Councillor Lesley Brown, who owns Frankmarsh Stores in Churchill Close, has been awarded a prestigious national retail award for the shop’s hard line on crime.

It is the third time in six years that the business has won the Zero Tolerance Award for Crime Prevention at the annual Convenience Retail Awards.

Mrs Brown, who is currently the deputy mayor of Barnstaple and is set to take over the chairmanship of the town council in May, has run the shop with husband William since 2001.

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She said: “The judges recognised our stance on preventing underage drinking and for not standing for any trouble on the estate.

“It’s hard work and not always easy, especially when faced with someone who is being drunk or abusive.”

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The honour was also awarded in recognition of the shop’s involvement with the Frankmarsh and Gorwell Community Office, of which Mrs Brown is the treasurer.

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