Duo sentenced at Wirral Magistrates’ Court for committing offences under Private Security Industry Act 2001

On Thursday 18 October 2018, Wirral brothers Kyle James Owen (27) and Ryan Arthur Owen (24) were sentenced at Wirral Magistrates’ Court for committing offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Ryan Owen had been the director of Owens Security Solutions Ltd. When his licence was suspended in June last year by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), he appointed his brother Kyle as director in order for the company to continue trading, but he didn’t remove himself as a director and, despite his suspension, continued to work in licensable roles.

At the trial, Kyle Owen was found guilty for supplying his brother Ryan Owen to a venue as an unlicensed security officer. Ryan Owen was found guilty of supplying himself as an unlicensed security officer while he was the director of the company.

Ryan Owen was fined £800 and required to pay a victim surcharge of £40 and court costs of £2,500 as he supplied non-licensed personnel to venues on the Wirral. He also continued to work in a licensable role, despite his licence having been suspended.

His brother, Kyle Owen, was fined £400 and is required to pay a victim surcharge of £40 plus court costs of £1,000. He took over as director of the company in June last year following the suspension of Ryan Owen’s licence. Kyle Owen then also supplied non-licensed security operatives, including his brother Ryan, to venues in the Wirral.

In July this year, both men pleaded guilty at Wirral Magistrates’ Court for failing to supply information to the SIA when requested (a contravention of Section 19 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001) and for not informing the SIA of their change of addresses (an offence relating to the conditions of their licence).

Commenting on the case, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager Pete Easterbrook said that suspension means suspension. “An SIA licence suspension is designed to remove individuals from licensable positions until there’s certainty about whether that person is fit to continue as a licence holder or not. The suspension is there to protect the public. It cannot be circumnavigated. In this case, the Owen brothers embarked on a course of action which placed the public at risk. To compound matters, they then failed to co-operate with the SIA as the Regulator and respond to requests for information, in all likelihood to mask their activity.”

Easterbrook added: “I’m pleased that the court recognises the significance of the suspension of an SIA licence and the severity of the Owen brothers’ actions by dint of them ignoring the suspension.”

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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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