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SIA: Changing how we license the security industry 

In February, the Security Industry Authority announced that it will be making changes to modernise the licensing system and to streamline processes. Towards the end of 2015, the SIA will be launching new online services that will improve the information available to applicants and businesses, speed up the application process, and improve the service that it provides to the industry.

Unlicensed security director imprisoned

Yesterday [13 May] at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court, Wayne Tunstall (33) of Field Lane, Crewe, Cheshire, a former security director was sentenced to a 16 week custodial sentence, ordered to pay £10,000 in costs, and was disqualified from being a company director for five years.

Company, director and two operatives sentenced

10th August 2015

On 3rd August 2015 at Walsall Magistrates’ Court, a security company, Louis Alexander Ltd based at the Trent Business Centre, Lichfield, Staffordshire, the company director and two security guards deployed by the company were sentenced for various offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, and the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

The company pleaded guilty to five offences in relation to the supply of unlicensed security guards at five construction sites over an 18 month period involving seven unlicensed security guards being deployed on over 500 shifts. The company also pleaded guilty to holding itself out as an SIA Approved Contractor, when no longer accredited for that purpose. All the unlicensed guards were engaged on zero hour contracts, some of whom were working using a false SIA licence.

Khan William Rose (the company director), of Laburnum Grove, Burntwood, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to five offences of supplying unlicensed security guards to construction sites in Telford and Newport area of the West Midlands and one offence of failure to provide information to the Security Industry Authority, (SIA).

Clement Ezeazu (unlicensed security guard), of Church Way, Stirchley, Telford, pleaded guilty to using a false instrument, which he passed off as an SIA licence and also working as a unlicensed security guard on 152 occasions.

Trevor Ranger (unlicensed security guard), of Jane Lane Close, Bentley, Walsall, pleaded guilty to working as an unlicensed security guard on 156 occasions.

The company Louis Alexander Ltd, was fined a total of £3,500.00 for six offences and required to pay costs of £10,303.40 and a victim surcharge of £100.

Ezeazu was fined a total of £350 for his two offences and required to pay a contribution to the costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Ranger was fined £150 for his offence and required to pay a contribution to the costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £20. Ranger was given a sentence discount for an early plea of guilty.

Company directors ordered to pay £666,697

07th September 2015

On 1 September, two security company directors appeared before the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London.

John Anah and Tony O’Gonna, co-directors of ANCO UK Ltd, AA Guarding Ltd and Metro Guards, UK Ltd were ordered to pay a confiscation totalling £666,697 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Anah was ordered to pay £175,000 and O’Gonna was ordered to pay £491,697).

Both have until the 1 December 2015 to pay or face default custodial sentences of two years three months and three years six months respectively.

This was the conclusion of confiscation proceedings by the SIA in partnership with the London Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) after Anah and O’Gonna were found guilty of supplying 33 unlicensed guards in relation to 10 separate contracts around the greater London area.

Security Guard Pleads Guilty

07th October 2015

On Tuesday 22 September 2015 at Luton Magistrates Court, Asif Abrar of Speckmans Way, Slough entered a guilty plea to a charge under Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Abrar had been working as a security guard for Nationwide Security Management Limited on a construction site in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire. Although his SIA licence had been suspended in January 2014 he was found working as a security guard by SIA investigators in March 2015.

Nationwide Security Management Limited and its director have entered pleas of not guilty to associated charges, and will be heard at a future date.


14th January 2015

large scale renewable energy is a growing sector and there are terrible  people in the world see these farms as a chance to steal, vandalise and make a profit from your equipment is pretty unbearable.

The truth is thieves don’t care what it is they can get their hands on as long as they know it’s worth something when they come to sell it.