Barred security director to be sentenced at crown court and accomplice sentenced

13 October 2017


On 12 October 2017, at Caernarfon Magistrates Court, Mark Pursglove was referred to the crown court to be sentenced for working without an SIA licence. Rachel Williams was sentenced for aiding and abetting offences. This sentencing follows the prosecution of Mark Pursglove and Rachel Williams on 14 September 2017.

Mark Pursglove was prosecuted in 2016 because he had supplied unlicensed security operatives. Once his company was found guilty, Mark Pursglove continued to act as a director despite being unlicensed and positioned Rachel Williams as the frontwoman of the business to conceal this fact.

Our investigators inspected this further and based on intelligence built a case against Mark Pursglove and Rachel Williams. In this previous hearing, they were then found guilty at Llandudno Magistrates Court on 14 September.

In the latest hearing, we made an application for the sentencing of Mark Pursglove to be committed to the Crown Court in order to pursue the confiscation of assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002).  As a result, the sentencing of Pursglove has been adjourned till November at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Rachel Williams was sentenced and received a community order of 150 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within the next 12 months. She was also ordered to pay £3,500 in costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

Nathan Salmon, the Head of our Criminal Investigations Team, said:

“The SIA will always determine who is actually responsible for committing an offence. Those guilty of offences cannot hide behind others. Using Rachel Williams to front his businesses did not protect Mark Pursglove from prosecution.
This strong conviction highlights that security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services and the general public, and ensure, the effectiveness of security businesses that operate within the industry.”

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA's main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
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