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No-show Birmingham door supervisor fined £600 and charged court costs of £7,815.56 in his absence
On Monday 29 April, Birmingham resident John Mendy was found guilty in his absence at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. He was fined £600 and required to pay costs of £7,815. John Mendy incurred this significant fine and court costs for ignoring formal requests three times from the Security Industry Authority (SIA). He also failed to attend Birmingham Magistrates' Court for the hearing of his case last December, in March and again on Monday 29 April. The investigation began after the SIA tried to speak to Mr Mendy about why his licence number was being used by someone else at the Witcombe Ci...
Door supervisor sent to jail after being caught with photocopied licence
A Bedfordshire door supervisor has been sent to prison after being found working with a forged SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence. Norris Dennis, 60, was sentenced at Luton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 24 April to 20 weeks immediate imprisonment. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one of working without a valid SIA licence. Nathan Salmon, of the SIA's Criminal Investigation Team, said: "The SIA regulates the private security industry, and licenses individuals, in order to protect the public. Trying to get around the licensing regime by creating a fake licence is a...
Outstanding Security Personnel to be recognised by BSIA at British Security Awards
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the regional winners of the Security Personnel Awards. The BSIA holds its annual awards to celebrate excellence in security both regionally and nationally for some of the truly outstanding personnel within the industry, recognising those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their everyday work. Nominations for the BSIA's regional Security Personnel Awards are scored using a Numeric Scoring System based upon levels of achievement criteria, by three regional judges. The Scorecards for each nomination are added up and...
Interserve CFO Mark Whiteling resigns
Mark Whiteling, Chief Financial Officer at Interserve Group Limited has resigned to pursue a career as a non-executive director at Connect Group PLC, a magazine and newspaper distributor. This resignation follows the commencement of the "Pre-Pack" administration of Interserve Plc. Despite Interserve Plc going into administration, all company subsidiaries of the Parent company remain fully operational. Since the 18th March, when the company was sold to it's creditors and the administration process began, Interserve's business divisions have been consolidated through a major restructuring...
Perpetuity Research launch Survey on Women in Security
Perpetuity Research, an independent research company specialising in crime and security research has been commissioned by ICTS UK & Ireland to conduct a study into the experiences of women working in security. Specifically to better understand any barriers that exist to women progressing in the industry and how those barriers could be overcome. If you are a woman undertaking security tasks or managing staff that undertake physical security tasks, Perpetuity Research would like to hear your views. The survey is anonymous, takes approximately 10 minutes to fill in and provides the opportuni...
Chester door supervisor convicted of working with a forged licence
A Chester man has been convicted of working as a door supervisor with a forged SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence. Philip Evans was sentenced at Chester Magistrate's Court on Thursday 04 April, having pleaded guilty to the offence at a previous hearing on 12 March. The court sentenced Mr Evans to a 112-month community order with an unpaid work requirement of 170 hours. He was also ordered to pay costs of £882, plus a victim surcharge of £85. Evans had been working as a door supervisor for the security company Loc 19 Chester. His deception was uncovered in January 2018 when Evans tu...
Telford security industry training director jailed for eight months for falsifying industry qualifications
On Friday 29 March Mr Shamin Uddin former director of SAS Training Academy of Telford, Shropshire, was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court to eight months' imprisonment for falsifying examination papers for individuals seeking to get a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. He is also required to pay £2,000 court costs payable within 12 months. The sentence brings to an end a four-year process initiated by the SIA that investigated malpractice at SAS Training's operations in Barking, East London, its headquarters at Wednesbury in the West Midlands and in Inverness, Scotland. The Honou...
Changes to SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme following Review
On 01 April 2019 changes came into effect following the review of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) for private security businesses. This is the culmination of a root and branch review of the scheme, during which the SIA consulted extensively with approved contractors and the wider private security industry. Evidence from the consultation suggested that the SIA didn't need to make fundamental changes to the scheme. However, it was clear from the responses that there were opportunities to make improvements. The SIA published a refreshed ACS standard and new self-assessment workbook, as o...
Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) – Entries are Open
Entries are open for the inaugural Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs). The TECAs are independent. They have been designed to acknowledge companies, initiatives, individuals and teams who have made an outstanding contribution to tackling economic crime, including any area of fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption. The awards are free to enter and open to anyone working in the UK - operating in the public, private and third sectors. Commenting on the awards, founder Professor Martin Gill said “these awards are different: judges are nominated by fraud specialist associations and...
£300,000 confiscated from South Wales security director who continued to work after his licence was revoked
A South Wales man has been ordered to pay £300,000 at Cardiff Crown Court for continuing to work as a security director despite having lost his Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. Billy Jones, of Pontypridd, was director of BJ Securities Ltd and was proved to be operating his business without a licence when SIA investigators undertook an inspection at an Elvis festival in Porthcawl in June 2016. Jones had pleaded guilty at Cardiff Magistrates' Court in December 2017 and had been sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid ...
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