Barred security director to be sentenced at Crown Court and accomplice sentenced for working without a licence

On Thursday 12 October at Caernarfon Magistrates Court, Mark Pursglove was referred to the Crown Court to be sentenced for working without a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. Rachel Williams was sentenced for aiding and abetting offences. This sentencing follows the prosecution of Mark Pursglove and Rachel Williams on 14 September this year.

Pursglove was prosecuted in 2016 because he had supplied unlicensed security operatives. Once his company was found guilty, Pursglove continued to act as a director of the business despite the fact that he was unlicensed to do so and positioned Rachel Williams as the ‘front woman’ of the organisation in order to conceal this fact.

SIA investigators looked into this further and, based on intelligence, built a case against Pursglove and Williams. In this previous hearing, they were then found guilty at Llandudno Magistrates Court on 14 September.

In the latest hearing, the SIA made an application for the sentencing of Pursglove to be committed to the Crown Court in order to pursue the confiscation of assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. As a result, the sentencing of Pursglove has been adjourned until November and will take place at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Williams was sentenced and received a community order of 150 hours of unpaid work to be completed within the next 12 months. She was also ordered to pay £3,500 in costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

Nathan Salmon, the head of criminal investigations at the SIA, said: “The SIA will always determine who is actually responsible for committing an offence. Those guilty of offences cannot hide behind others. Using Rachel Williams to front his businesses didn’t protect Mark Pursglove from prosecution. This strong conviction highlights the fact that security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services and the general public, and also to ensure the effectiveness of security businesses operating within the industry.”

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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