Philip Evans has been convicted of working as a door supervisor with a forged Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. Evans was sentenced at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 4 April, having pleaded guilty to the offence at a previous hearing on 12 March. The Judge sentenced Evans to a 12-month community order with an unpaid work requirement of 170 hours. He was also ordered to pay costs of £882, plus a victim surcharge of £85.
Evans had been working as a door supervisor for security company Loc 19 Chester. His deception was uncovered in January last year when Evans turned up to work for another business that was short-handed. The company concerned checked Evans’ licence number using the licence checker facility on the SIA’s website and then called in an SIA regional investigator when it was realised that there was a problem.
Pete Easterbrook of the SIA’s criminal investigations team said: “Philip Evans knew that he was committing a crime by pretending to be properly licensed. He turned up to work wearing a fake badge even after he had actually started an application for a real licence with the SIA. The licensing regime is in place for the protection of the public. Anyone who tries to ignore the requirement to be properly trained and licensed is committing a serious offence. The SIA will always prosecute in cases of this nature.”
Stephen Young, the director of Loc 19 Chester, was sentenced at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 7 March after pleading guilty to supplying Evans to work on the door of a number of venues around the town. Young claimed that he hasn’t realised that his employee’s badge was false.
Loc 19 Chester Ltd, Young’s business, was also fined over £2,000.
Easterbrook added: “The business that uncovered the fact that Evans was working unlicensed did exactly the right thing. The company conducted the simple routine checks that Stephen Young should have done as a matter of course for all of Loc 19’s employees. 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.