Accrington man given 250 hours of community service after flouting security rules for a second time

SIAAn Accrington man has been ordered to serve 250 hours of community service after being found guilty of flouting security rules for a second time.

Yesterday [23 May] at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court, Alan Neil Brownridge of Pansy Street South, Accrington, was found guilty of working as an unlicensed door supervisor.

Brownridge was convicted in his absence on 25 April 2012 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He attended court yesterday and was told to serve 250 hours of unpaid community service.

Brownridge, 45, was prosecuted by the SIA in April 2009 for being an unlicensed director of Accrington-based Universal Security Solutions Limited (USS).

Following Brownridges’s prosecution in 2009, his company, USS, handed all contracts to another business, Global Security North West. The owner of Global Security North West, Scott Lee Barnes, was subsequently prosecuted by the SIA in October 2011, for failing to provide information about the company.

The SIA later received intelligence indicating that Brownridge was undertaking licensable activity for a customer of Global Security North West. SIA enquires found that between August and September 2011, Brownridge was working as an unlicensed door supervisor at a venue in Rawtenstall.

SIA Head of Investigation Nathan Salmon said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this investigation. From the intelligence we received, Mr Brownridge continued to work as a door supervisor despite being previously prosecuted by the SIA. He clearly ignored previous warnings that he should not undertake roles within the private security industry.

“This is the second time that we have prosecuted Brownridge who thought that he could break the law twice and not face the consequences.

“This case sends a strong message and should act as a deterrent to anyone operating in the industry that we continuously monitor companies and individuals, even those prosecuted.”

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