On 1 November, Dale Meakins, a door supervisor who was suspended and under investigation was found guilty and sentenced for working without a licence, at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court.
Lead Investigator Jenny Hart said:
“This is a positive outcome for the SIA with regards to personal responsibility with regards to the SIAs licensing regime. Thanks to the support of Derbyshire Police in Glossop who helped with the investigation, the Court recognised the importance of individual accountability and the fact that a person should know if they are licensed or not – there is no grey area”.
Meakins worked for Elite Security (NW) Ltd who were recently prosecuted for deploying unlicensed guards. His licence had been suspended at the end of May 2016 continued to work as a door supervisor despite being subject to suspension proceedings that meant he could not work.
During one of our inspections in July, he was found to be working and displaying his SIA licence. Meakins claimed not to have received the suspension letters from us, stating that he had recently moved. However, he later admitted that any post sent to him at the previous address was normally forwarded on. He then admitted to undertaking door supervisor duties for four weeks, a Section 3 offence under the PSIA.
Meakins pleaded guilty to the Section 3 offence and was £160 issued a victim surcharge to be paid within 7 days.
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