A South Wales man has been sentenced for continuing to work as a security director despite having lost his Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. On Wednesday 13 December at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, Billy Jones (director of BJ Securities Ltd) was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and 200 hours of unpaid work. Jones had previously had his SIA licence revoked following a conviction for threatening behaviour.
David Will, financial investigations officer at the SIA, said: “Billy Jones showed a deliberate disregard for the licensing regime. He worked as an unlicensed director for a prolonged period, and did so while serving a sentence for another offence.”
Jones’ criminality was exposed by an SIA investigation team performing unannounced licence checks at an event. “This is one of the ways in which we ensure that security operatives are properly trained and vetted, and that they’re working within the confines of the law,” continued Will. “SIA regional investigation teams and the police are working together across the UK to find unlicensed operatives and prevent them from being a danger to the public.”
Details of the investigation
In June last year, SIA investigators visited the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl to perform routine licence checks during the Elvis Festival. They found an unlicensed security officer in place who was working for Billy Jones’ firm, BJ Securities Ltd.
An SIA investigation revealed that Billy Jones didn’t himself hold an SIA licence. The licence had been revoked in December 2015 due to Jones’ conviction for threatening behaviour under the Public Order Act 1986. Billy Jones had continued in his role as the sole director of BJ Securities Ltd, despite being told by the SIA that he could not act as a director of a security company.
Jones was interviewed under caution by SIA investigators and subsequently charged under Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. This legislation makes it an offence for a person to engage in any licensable conduct except under – and in accordance with – a licence issued by the Regulator.
The SIA is also seeking to recover its costs. This particular matter will be dealt with under Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings in the New Year.