Owner of Elite Door Staff fined after unlicensed employee “assaulted customer”

On Monday 12 March, Trevor Frater (trading as Elite Door Staff) was found guilty of supplying an unlicensed door supervisor on six occasions in Alford and Louth in Lincolnshire. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) began investigating Frater in May last year when Lincolnshire Police brought the matter to the Regulator’s attention. This was following the conviction of Carl Pettit, a door supervisor who had been working for Elite Door Staff, for assault and working without an SIA licence.

The SIA’s criminal investigations team followed up on the intelligence supplied by Lincolnshire Police and discovered that Pettit had worked for Frater under contract at a hotel in Alford, Lincolnshire.

Pete Easterbrook, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager, stated: “In supplying Carl Pettit as an unlicensed door supervisor, Trevor Frater was entirely reckless and gave no thought whatsoever to the risk he was exposing members of the public to in doing so. Unfortunately, this risk was realised, and resulted in Carl Pettit assaulting a member of the public. It’s my view that those who supply unlicensed security operatives bear equal responsibility when those individuals cause harm. The seriousness of this matter was reflected in the sentence imposed by the court.”

Easterbrook added: “I would like to thank Lincolnshire Police for their assistance in this investigation. The outcome of the case serves as a reminder that similar offending is likely to result in a criminal conviction and the revocation of any SIA licences held.”

Request for information

In July last year, the SIA’s investigators requested information concerning Elite Door Staff’s contracts. However, Frater failed to comply with this request. He was then formally interviewed in September 2017 and only gave limited details. As a result, the SIA decided to prosecute Frater.

In mitigation, Frater admitted that he hadn’t checked Pettit’s licensing status. He explained that, as they had known each other for a number of years, and due to the fact that Pettit had previously produced a licence, Frater trusted that Pettit was licensed.

Frater was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £4,372 in costs as well as a victim surcharge of £100.

The court noted that this was, in its view, a serious matter, as the security operative that Frater had supplied had assaulted a member of the public. The court also stressed the importance of security businesses complying with the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and the need for security operatives to be licensed.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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