On Monday 2nd of December at Cwmbran Magistrates Court, Nicholas Seabrook plead guilty to operating as an unlicensed security director and failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Between the 6th of August 2018 and the 13th of July 2019 ran NPS Security in Wales without obtaining the necessary license. Mr. Seabrook made bail while awaiting a full investigation into his finances.
NPS Security operated in the South Wales area, providing security services to a large number of local pubs until the SIA was tipped off by Gwent Police. At this time, they approached Seabrook and requested information that they required to determine whether he had obtained the necessary licenses but Seabrook failed to provide it. Subsequently, during an interview with the SIA team, he admitted to operating a security business without a license.
“The private security industry is regulated because Parliament has deemed its operatives require licensing, aimed at protecting the public. These regulations are not a barrier for new businesses and the industry continues to grow with new entrants. However the licensing of operatives, and their managers and directors, remains a requirement to trade lawfully. Mr Seabrook was aware he needed to be licensed, a Google search had told him so, yet he continued to trade without making his own license application. This has now placed his business and assets at risk”, said SIA Criminal Investigation Team Manager, Nathan Salmon.
Nicholas Seabrook will face sentencing next year following the holiday period.