On Thursday 31 May, Northampton security director, Liam Warren of Firm But Intelligent (FBI) Security Ltd pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court to supplying an unlicensed door supervisor, Gary Collins to the Edge of Town pub last December.
Both Liam Warren and Gary Collins were successfully prosecuted; Liam Warren pleaded guilty to supplying an unlicensed security guard and was in breach of Section 5 of the Private Security Industry Act (2001). Gary Collins was prosecuted for being in breach of Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act for performing as an unlicensed security operative.
Liam Warren was fined £100 and required to pay an additional £115 in court costs while Gary Collins was fined £100 and required to pay court costs of £60.
The offences took place in the early hours of 3 December 2017 when a Northamptonshire Police officer carried out checks of the Edge of Town pub in Northampton’s Regent Square. The pub had a contract with Liam Warren’s company FBI Security Ltd to provide licensed door supervisors.
The police officer identified Gary Collins who was working that night as a door supervisor without a valid SIA Licence; his licence had expired the previous week on 26 November.
The prosecution was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service and Northamptonshire Police working in partnership with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) which is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK.
John Montague, Senior Manager, of the SIA’s Partnerships and Interventions team, said:
FBI Security Ltd has both broken the law and breached the trust of its customer, the End of Town, as well as the patrons ofthis public house by supplying an unlicensed door operative. The period before Christmas is a particularly sensitive time and having security that are licensed shows that they are fit and proper and competent to carry out their role in protecting the public. Both Liam Warren and Gary Collins broke the law and deceived the people who employed them. I welcome the action taken by Northamptonshire Police and we were pleased to support them.
Working without a licence can jeopardise your future working in the private security industry in the UK."
- 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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