On 1 May, at Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court, we prosecuted Tallen Smith, a door supervisor from Nuneaton.
He was found guilty of failing to provide us with information, a section 19 offence under the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA) 2001. Smith was fined £500, ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge and £1,749.70 in costs.
During the investigation into Tallen Smith, our investigators discovered that he had failed to disclose a criminal conviction that affected his eligibility for a licence. As a result, his SIA licence was subsequently revoked.
Pete Easterbrook, our Criminal Investigations Manager said:
"Tallen Smith was of the opinion that our requests for information were optional and disregarded all our attempts to contact him. In doing so, he committed a criminal offence, and has quite rightly faced the consequences. His actions only served to incriminate him further, and once it was identified that he had failed to notify the SIA of a criminal conviction, we took immediate action to revoke his licence and remove him from the industry.
This prosecution should serve as a reminder that statutory requests for information from the SIA are not issued lightly, and are one of a range of powers we are able to exercise if the circumstances dictate. Individuals who ignore such requests are very likely to be prosecuted"
This investigation began following the conviction of Karl Morrison (also known as Karl O’Brien) in October 2017. A part of this investigation focused on Morrison working as an unlicensed door supervisor in December 2016 at a pub in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
During enquiries, officers from Nottinghamshire Police initially spoke to the venue supervisor and obtained evidence that indicated that Tallen Smith had worked alongside Morrison as a door supervisor at the pub in December 2016. Nottinghamshire Police then passed this information to us and we conducted further enquiries.
To determine who had supplied Karl Morrison as a door supervisor, our investigators formally requested information from Smith. At the time, Smith held a front line door supervisor licence. Our investigators gave Smith the opportunity to reply to the letter sent to him however he failed to respond. Consequently, we prosecuted Smith for failing to comply with our request for 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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