Chester door supervisor convicted for working with forged SIA licence

Chester Magistrates Court

Chester Magistrates Court

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.

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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