A disqualified West Midlands security boss who had his Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence revoked last year has been prosecuted once again after re-starting his operation the very next day despite the revocation being in place.
On Monday 11 March at Coventry Magistrates’ Court, Michael Ryan pleaded guilty to working as an unlicensed security manager on three occasions between 21 April and 28 September 2018. Ryan was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £4,264 costs as well as a victim surcharge of £170 within 14 days.
On 20 April last year, Ryan lost his door supervisor’s licence after his security business IG Security Services Ltd was prosecuted by the SIA. The following day, though, it was business as usual for him as Ryan began procuring security work and contracts despite not having a licence.
Pete Easterbrook, investigations manager at the SIA, commented: “Michael Ryan, also known as Mick Ryan, has re-offended with no regard for the restrictions placed on him operating in the private security industry. He has shown utter contempt for the licensing regime and for the Private Security Industry Act 2001. He wilfully ignored his 2018 conviction and the loss of his licence, a matter which the SIA could not ignore. Regulation of the private security industry exists in order to protect those who use the services of a security provider as well as the general public. The significant penalties imposed by Coventry Magistrates’ Court are a reflection of the high expectations of those who operate in the industry and the repercussions should they choose to commit offences.”
In May 2018, Ryan set up a security company called Viking Security and Medic Services Ltd, naming his wife as the director. She was unaware of this and ceased being the director in August last year.
SIA investigators soon became aware of the existence of the company following social media posts by Michael Ryan on behalf of Viking Security and Medic Services Ltd. This prompted an investigation by the SIA, and it was evident that Mick Ryan was the ‘controlling mind’ of the business.
The door supervisors he supplied, who were correctly licensed, worked at the Bedworth Party in the Park Festival in Warwickshire, Wolston Quarry and at Coventry’s Centre AT7.