Chester-based security company boss fined for employing unlicensed door supervisor

Chester Magistrates Court

Chester Magistrates Court

A Chester security boss has been fined over £2,000 for employing an unlicensed door supervisor. Stephen Young, the director of Loc 19 Chester, was sentenced at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday 7 March after pleading guilty to supplying Philip Evans to work on the door of a number of venues around the town. Young claimed he hadn’t realised that his employee’s badge was false.

Pete Easterbrook of the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) criminal investigations team said: “All employers of security staff should check that their staff are properly and lawfully licensed. Mr Young’s claim that he was unaware of Mr Evans’ deception was no defence, and he was consequently convicted and sentenced to a significant fine. Making the proper checks is the responsibility of the employer. Businesses who fail to meet these obligations can expect to find themselves in court.”

Loc 19 Chester Ltd, Young’s business, was also fined over £2,000. Evans himself pleaded guilty at the same hearing to working with a forged SIA licence, despite having made an application for the real thing. Evans is due to be sentenced on 4 April.

The deception was uncovered when Evans turned up to work for another company as that business was short-handed. They checked his licence number using the licence checker facility on the SIA’s website, and called in an SIA regional investigator when they realised that there was a problem.

Pete Easterbrook added: “The business that uncovered the fact that Evans was working unlicensed did exactly the right thing. They conducted the simple routine checks that Stephen Young should have done as a matter of course for all of Loc 19’s employees. Mr Young’s poor working practices have landed him in court. All suppliers of SIA-licensed staff should take note.”

Licensees at several venues confirmed that Evans had worked at their establishments while using the licence that was subsequently revealed to be false.

Stephen George Young pleaded guilty to two offences under Section 5(1) and 23(1) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and was fined £1,500.00 plus costs of £784.00 and a victim surcharge of £120.00.

Loc 19 Chester Ltd pleaded guilty to two offences under Section 5(1) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and was fined £1,500.00 plus costs of £784.00 and a victim surcharge of £120.00.

Young has to pay the £4,808.00 in full within six months. The first payment is due in 28 days, with a collection order imposed in case of non-payment.

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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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