Diamond Security found guilty of supplying 17-year-old door supervisor for work in Doncaster

Doncaster Magistrates Court

Doncaster Magistrates Court

On Monday 15 January at Doncaster Magistrates Court, Leslie Fitzakerley of the dissolved company Diamond Security was found guilty of supplying unlicensed door supervisors. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) began investigating the case in April last year when the Regulator received intelligence from South Yorkshire Police that Fitzakerley, who was a sole trader under the name of Diamond Security, had supplied a 17-year-old to work as a door supervisor on two occasions. 

While conducting licensing checks in September 2016, South Yorkshire Police officers discovered the 17-year-old working as a door supervisor at a hotel and bar venue in Bennetthorpe, Doncaster. In December of that year, they again found the door supervisor working while in possession of a forged SIA licence, this time at Cleveland Street in Doncaster.

South Yorkshire Police subsequently contacted the SIA with this information, and the Regulator’s Criminal Investigations Team examined the case further.

In May last year, Fitzakerley was sent a formal request for information in relation to the unlicensed door supervisor. However, he failed to provide this, which is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

The SIA investigation also discovered that, in October 2016, Fitzakerley had supplied a further security operative to work as a door supervisor at another licensed premises on Silver Street in Doncaster. However, the individual concerned was working with a security guarding licence.

Fitzakerley was prosecuted by the SIA and entered a guilty plea on his appearance at the Magistrates Court. He was fined £400 in total for supplying an unlicensed security operative and failing to provide information. Fitzakerley was also ordered to pay a surcharge of £30 and costs of £560.

Pete Easterbrook, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager, explained: “This is an excellent example of partnership working with the South Yorkshire Police Licensing Team that culminated in the successful prosecution of an individual and company supplying unlicensed and untrained door supervisors in the Doncaster area. The Magistrates Court took into account the fact that Fitzakerley pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. As a result, the District Judge awarded Fitzakerley maximum credit and this is reflected in the sentence received.”

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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