Door supervisor ordered to pay £7,000-plus in costs for illegal working

SIAOne of Peterborough’s door supervisors has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 for working illegally and breaking Security Industry Authority licence rules.

At Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday of this week, Scott Lee Greensmith was sentenced to a 12-month community service order to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work, and was also ordered to pay costs of £7,833.

Greensmith, 32, from Uldale Road, Gunthorpe in Peterborough pleaded guilty to working without holding a valid Security Industry Authority licence, but pleaded not guilty to breaking licence conditions when he failed to return his revoked licence to the Regulator.

Greensmith was found working illegally in September 2011 when investigators from the Security Industry Authority carried out a series of inspections across the UK. Greensmith was found working with a revoked licence at a bar in March, Cambridgeshire.

In court, District Judge Ken Sheraton found Greensmith guilty of breaking licence conditions because he had failed to demonstrate that he had undertaken all due diligence to avoid contravening the conditions of his licence.

Comment from the Security Industry Authority

The Security Industry Authority’s head of investigation, Nathan Salmon, commented: “Mr Greensmith had his licence revoked and was aware of the Regulator’s revocation process yet he continued to operate as a door supervisor. By avoiding the reality of his situation, Greensmith has paid a high penalty.”

Salmon added: “I hope this sentence will act as a warning to others that in order to work as a door supervisor you must be correctly licensed and adhere to the licence conditions at all times.”

In a further note of warning, Salmon explained: “We will be carrying out a series of follow-up checks at licensed premises in Cambridgeshire over the next few weeks. The aim is to raise awareness of Security Industry Authority licence requirements for those working in the night-time economy and to remind them, their employers and the venues they work at of their legal responsibilities.”

The news follows on from yesterday’s announcement that an Accrington man has been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service after being found guilty of flouting security rules for a second time.

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