On 9 December 2017 at Teesside Crown Court, jailed security director Christopher Catchpole, was ordered to pay back proceeds of crime amounting to £63,628.
Catchpole, formerly of Pro-Lock Security Limited based in Durham, had previously been sentenced to 32 months in prison at Teesside Crown Court in June 2017. He was convicted of money laundering, supplying an unlicensed security operative and acting as the director of a security company without an SIA licence.
The judge gave Catchpole three months to pay. He faces an extra nine months in prison if he fails to produce the money, which will be raised by the sale of property belonging to Catchpole and his wife.
Our Director of Partnerships and Interventions, Dave Humphries, said:
The successful results of this prosecution will reassure the public that we will continue to work with the police to ensure compliance with the law.
It is important that Mr Catchpole was pursued under Proceeds of Crime legislation, to recover the benefit he gleaned from his actions.
The successful conclusion of the case was the result of a lengthy investigation involving the SIA and the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART).
The North East RART used their powers under the Private Security Industry Act to obtain information relating to the conduct of Catchpole and his security business. In support, the SIA investigation team provided evidence in court that Catchpole’s activities had deprived legitimate security companies of £1.1 million of business.
Detective Sergeant Thomas Maughan, from the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team, said:
We are very pleased with the outcome today, which involved fantastic partnership work between ourselves, the North East Regional Special Operations Unit, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
"Christopher Catchpole’s company, Pro-Lock Security, has traded illegally from the outset. Although his companies received more than £1million since 2013, his illegal trading started years before. He requested a SIA licence application but never applied. He has shown a complete disregard for SIA licensing which exists to keep such people out of the private security business, so the public are not put at risk.
Catchpole is also subject to a Serious Crime Prevention Order, which will come into effect once he is released from prison. The order includes a condition that he must not have a role in any business relating to security.
- 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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