On May 29th 2020, Nicholas Seabrook, former director of NPS Security Ltd in Cwmbran, was served a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act of £5,560.59. This order was handed down at Cardiff Crown Court in relation to his acting as an unlicensed director of a security company. If he does not pay, he will face a prison sentence.
Seabrook started NPS Security Ltd in 06 August 2018 and ran it until July in the following year. During this time he provided security services to pubs in the South Wales Region.
In December 2019 for working as a security director while unlicensed as well as failing to provide required information to the Security Industry Authority. Seabrook now has until August 31st to pay the full amount or he will face a 3 month jail term.
In addition to the confiscation, he is also required to pay a fine of $500 by the end of this month as well as costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £38.
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) brought the prosecution against Mr. Seabrook following a tip-off by Gwent Police. The SIA requested information from Seabrook who failed to provide although he later admitted to operating without a license when interviewed.
His Honour, Judge Jeremy Jenkins said during sentencing, “What you have been found guilty of doing is running a company….that should have been licensed. You formed your company in August 2018. I do accept that you entered the industry with naivety but by January 2019 you knew you needed a licence. You should have applied before. You applied later on, but because of what had happened between that time and your application your licence was disallowed. It was imperative that you, as a director were licensed and you were not – that is a serious matter.”
Nathan Salmon of the SIA Criminal Investigations team is quoted as saying, “Nicholas Seabrook has broken the law twice and profited from working illegally. He put his customers’ clients – ordinary pub-goers – at risk by operating illegally. He has a significant court order against him, and a criminal record. If he fails to pay the fine and the confiscation order he will face a jail sentence. The lesson is clear: if an unlicensed security director breaks the law there are consequences.”