Lancashire security boss ordered to pay £6,500 for supplying unlicensed security or go to jail

Security_Industry_Authority_logoA Preston man has been ordered to pay a four-figure sum for providing unlicensed security to a school.

Last Tuesday (20 April 2021) Martin Coe of Blackpool was handed a £6,548 Confiscation Order at Preston Crown Court, payable within three months. If he fails to pay he will face a 60-day jail sentence. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £5,000 to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) within 12 months.

Tuesday’s decision follows the SIA’s prosecution of Martin Coe last October. Coe was the former director of Evolution Security Services NW Limited (now dissolved). He was found guilty of two counts of providing unlicensed security to Baines School in Poulton and the Wyre Light pub in Fleetwood.

He was handed a 32-week jail term suspended for 12 months at Preston Magistrates’ Court on 27 January 2021.

The Proceeds of Crime Act order that was given to Coe yesterday marks the end of a lengthy series of hearings.

The investigation started in May 2019 when Neil Reddington and Gavin Macaskill were found working illegally at the Wyre Light. They were discovered by licensing officers from Lancashire Constabulary who referred the case to the SIA. Both men were employed by Evolution Security.

Nathan Salmon, the SIA’s Criminal Investigation Manager said:

“It’s satisfying to see the outcome of last Tuesday’s proceeds of crime order against Coe. The £6,548 order illustrates that courts will remove criminal benefit where it can be associated to breaches of security regulation. His business practices would have distorted the market for legitimate businesses providing high-quality security to customers in the North West. Supplying unlicensed people puts the public at risk, and Coe profited from knowingly doing so. He has a criminal record which will prevent him from working in the private security industry.”