Last Thursday (28 November) a West Yorkshire security firm – 2 B Secure Ltd – was fined £10,000 at Leeds Magistrates’ Court and required to pay costs of £778.40 as well as a victim surcharge of £181.2 B Secure will have to pay the full amount within 28 days.
2 B Secure Ltd supplied an unlicensed security guard, Steven Hare, on 24 occasions between 7 December 2018 and 14 February 2019 to the Leeds venues Baracoa, the Rosse and the Bierkeller.
Haidar Mumtaz, of Keighley, was a director of the company when he supplied Hare’s services but resigned his directorship of 2 B Secure on 17 May 2019
. The company then installed two new directors, Mark Bateson and Andrew Brennan who resigned following pursuit by SIA investigators. Brennan was reappointed to 2 B Secure on 06 November 2019.
Pete Easterbrook, one of our Criminal Investigation Managers said: “The severity of the fine 2 B Secure Ltd has incurred reflects the poor conduct displayed by the former directors of the company. All of whom sought to avoid the consequences of their actions by resigning at various stages during this investigation. These actions were designed to limit the ability of the SIA to prosecute the company – this approach was ill-judged and quite clearly did not have the desired effect. This prosecution should act as a reminder that the consequences of supplying unlicensed security operatives are serious and we will always take appropriate action where regulation is undermined and the public are put at risk.
2 B Secure supplies security services to 14 venues throughout West Yorkshire, and employs 60 licensed door supervisors.
Notes to Editors:
1. By law, security operatives working under contract must hold and display a valid SIA licence. Information about SIA enforcement and penalties can be found on the website.
2. The offences relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) that are mentioned in the above news release are as follows:
Section 3 working without a licence
Section 5 deploying unlicensed guards
Section 9 failed to inform the SIA that he was charged with offences namely affray, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage
Section 19 failure to provide information
Section 23 consent, connivance or neglect of directors for employing unlicensed guards
3. The Approved Contractor Scheme is voluntary and exists to raise performance standards. To be an Approved Contractor a business needs to meet a sector-specific approval based on a relevant set of qualifying criteria that is independently assessed.
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.
For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk
. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (@SIAuk).