Disqualified West Midlands security boss prosecuted again for working without a licence

Coventry Magistrates Court

Coventry Magistrates Court

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.

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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