On 25 May 2016, James Lovett (the director of Paramount Monitoring and Response Ltd) and the company’s operations manager, James Turner, were sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates Court. Their sentencing follows the guilty pleas Paramount Monitoring and Response Ltd and Lovett entered in previous hearings and Turner’s guilty verdict on 22 April 2016.
It was during the April hearing that the court heard how Lovett and Turner provided unlicensed security officers between November 2014 and January 2015. Their actions amounted to several offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Lovett was sentenced to a conditional discharge of 12 months for Section 5 and Section 23 offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and received another conditional discharge of 12 months in relation to Section 19 of the Act. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £15 to be paid within 56 days.
Turner, who’s already serving a 28-month prison term for £300,000 in VAT fraud, received 14 days’ imprisonment for each Private Security Industry Act 2001 offence relating to Section 5, Section 23 and Section 9. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £500.
This sentencing is the result of joint investigations conducted between the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and HMRC.
Both Turner and Lovett are now disqualified from being directors from previous offences.
The company, Paramount Monitoring and Response Ltd, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,743 as well as a victim surcharge of £100 within 28 days.
Disregard for basic safeguards
Speaking about this case, the SIA’s investigations officer Michael Bryan commented: “The SIA is pleased with the sentencing verdict of the court. Paramount Monitoring and Response Ltd, its director and operations manager had disregard for basic safeguards to ensure their contracts were fulfilled with SIA licensed operatives.”
Bryan continued: “As the director of the company, James Lovett also had a duty to disclose information regarding his company to the security industry regulator, but he failed to fully comply with the request. James Turner has been involved in the private security industry for a substantial period and has been prosecuted by the SIA before, when as a director of another security company he supplied unlicensed security operatives on contract. Yet in this case he continued a similar course of conduct, with James Lovett demonstrating a disregard for the law through the use of unlicensed security operatives.”
In conclusion, Bryan stressed: “Regulation within the private security industry exists to protect the public and those who work within the sector. The SIA robustly regulates the industry, and will always seek to prosecute those who chose to ignore the legislation that’s in place.”