AN estate agent has become the latest business in Bishop Auckland to benefit from a shop security project.

Lifestyle Properties, in Newgate Street, received a grant from Bishop Auckland and Shildon Security Grant Scheme to improve security measures and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Ashley Fenwick, director of Lifestyle Properties, said: “I initially rang the council looking to see if there was any funding available for my shop front, this is when I heard about the security grant scheme that was available to me.

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“I thought this was a good opportunity to beef up the security on our new property. This has given all the staff peace of mind and an increased sense of security.”

Any businesses wishing to take advantage of the scheme should contact Neil Pearson, of the South Durham Enterprise Agency, by emailing