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.