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Unlicensed security company owner pleads guilty and claims that it was “just a hobby”.
On the 17th October 2019, James Barnett of Swindon, the director of Gold Shield Group ltd and its’ three subsidiaries, said that his security business was “just a hobby” as was investigated, and later convicted, for working without a license. Barnett also pleaded guilty to failing to respond to information requests by the Security Industry Authority, despite the requests being legally enforceable. Despite having his license suspended in March 2017, Mr. Barnett continued to accept security contracts and hired out security operatives. His prosecution was brought about after the SIA’s ...
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Security company owner ordered to pay £70,000 following fraud conviction.
In December 2018, Steven Nixon from Portadown, who was the owner of Eventsafe Security Ltd at the time, was given a nine month custodial sentence for fraud, and a further three months for supplying unlicensed security operative. Both sentences were suspended for three years with an additional 100 hours of unpaid Community service. Nixon, who has just finished serving a 4 month jail sentence for breaching the community service order, was further determined by the courts to have benefitted to a total of £237,756.14 last week. His conviction, related to numerous offences against the Private Sec...
OSPAS teams up with NSI for 2020 Thought Leadership Summit  
The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) has officially announced that they will be partnering with the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) for the 3rd Annual UK OSPAs Thought Leadership summit at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on the 26th of February. Each year, the Summit aims to bring together security providers, buyers and other stakeholders to engage and discuss key issues that affect the security industry at large. Of the partnership, Professor Martin Gill, Founder of the OSPAs, is quoted as saying, “The full programme is yet to be announced but promises to be lively, informat...
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Detective Sergeant honoured for bravery in life and death situation.
On the 7th of October 2019 at the Annual Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, DS Joby Reeve was awarded the 'Principal Bravery Award' by Sheriffs Prof Michael Mainelli and Christopher Hayward. The Sheriffs' Award was conceived following the 7/7 attacks in London to recognise the outstanding bravery and actions of members of the public. Each year, the Sheriffs seek nominations for individuals who have confronted danger, acted without thought for their own safety or faced adversity in an inspirational manner. After reviewing all of the nominations, the company dec...
In Memoriam: David Clark, ASIS Chairman, 25 year industry veteran passed away.
October 16th 2019 It is with great sadness that we report the death of David Clark who passed away suddenly on the morning of the 14th of October. David was well known in the industry, having been involved with it for over 25 years, and being the Chairman of ASIS UK. A former member of the British Army, he was well respected and well-liked by his colleagues and friends. As a sometime contributor for Infologue, we did not know him as well as many who made read this, but we offer our sincerest condolences to his friends and most of all his family.  ...
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IFSEC announces new European exhibition to be held in Amsterdam
16th October 2019 IFSEC, the prominent security exhibition, has announced the launch of IFSEC Europe. The exhibition, which already has shows in 7 countries including the UK and several Asian nations, will be finally be extending it’s reach into Europe with their new event that will take place every 2 years. IFSEC Europe will be held between the 20th and 22nd of September 2021 in the Netherlands at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. Taking place for the first time on 20-22 September 2021 at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, IFSEC Europe will create a pan-European home for integrate...
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Businesses in the North-West gather to learn more about security issues facing them.
October 11th 2019 On October 8th 2019, businesses from around the North-West region of Britain converged on St. Ann’s Church in the city of Manchester for the 2019 Manchester Safe and Secure for Business. This annual event is organised by the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel (MCCCPP) in conjunction with the Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and Atmaana Business Consulting. Speakers at the event included Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson QPM, Deputy Mayor Beverley Hughes, Baroness Ruth Henig CBE and Chief Inspector Zac Fraser. The topics were varied and c...
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Proceeds of Crime order handed down to convicted Shropshire Security company boss.
As a result of a ‘proceeds of crime’ hearing, the imprisoned former owner of a security business located in Shropshire, was ordered to pay £ 3,608.21. The former owner of Showtime Security Guards, Matthew Davies and a former director, Maria Francis, both appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court last Friday (Oct 4th). Matthew Davies has been disqualified as a Director and has been ordered to pay £3608.21 within 3 months under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Mr. Davies faces having his sentence increased by a further 2 months should he fail to pay the ordered amount. Following his prosecution ...
“Phantom” security boss who failed to pay staff guilty of 22 counts of fraud
A security boss who ran seven companies under four different identities has been found guilty of defrauding security operatives who worked for him. John Gaines, 72, of Leamington Spa, was found guilty of 22 charges of fraud at Warwick Crown Court on Monday 30 September. Gaines employed Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed security guards at a number of locations, including construction sites belonging to Heathrow Airport and Tesco. In many cases he either failed to pay them in full, or didn’t pay them at all. Gaines was also found guilty of claiming to be “SIA approved”, d...
SIA teams carry out annual licence check blitz in Leicestershire
Last Wednesday (25 September) the Security Industry Authority (SIA) carried out licence inspections across key venues in Leicestershire. All of the licences inspected by the 16 teams from the SIA's Partnerships and Interventions unit were legitimate. The SIA inspected 65 venues throughout Leicestershire, including the city of Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Loughborough, Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The day-long activity included inspections at some of Leicester's most iconic locations. These included the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City Football Club, Mars Petcare factory, and the...
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