West Midlands security company head and unlicensed officer prosecuted.

Security_Industry_Authority_logoLast Friday, January 24th 2020, Black Country Security Services boss, Tammy Sharman and security officer, Gregory Clarke plead guilty on charges arising from a Security Industry Authority (SIA) Investigation.

Ms. Sharman, who was charged with providing the services of an unlicensed security officer to a Solihull hotel, was fined £300, ordered to pay court costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £30. Mr. Clarke, who was charged with providing security services while unlicensed was fined £120, ordered to pay court costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £30.

The investigation into this matter began with tip-off by West Midlands Police that an unlicensed security officer had been working on 01 June 2019, covering the UEFA Champions League finals at the hotel in question. The SIA investigated the claim by meeting with Sharman who confessed to utilising Clarke at the venue. It was discovered that Gregory Clarke had previously been refused a license in November 2018 due to a string of convictions for battery and harassment.

“Clarke pretended to be licensed, although he wasn’t, and worked illegally as security guard for the hotel. Sharman failed to do due diligence checks on Clarke, meaning that on the night of the Champions League final, patrons of the hotel were not protected effectively.

Together these two have broken the law. Sharman has provided unsuitable labour for her client, and Clarke has knowingly worked while unlicensed. Sharman will likely lose her own licence, and they have both incurred fines and criminal records” said SIA Criminal Investigation Team’s Nathan Salmon