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Owner of Elite Door Staff fined after unlicensed employee “assaulted customer”

by Brian Sims

On Monday 12 March, Trevor Frater (trading as Elite Door Staff) was found guilty of supplying an unlicensed door supervisor on six occasions in Alford and Louth in Lincolnshire. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) began investigating Frater in May last year when Lincolnshire Police brought the matter to the Regulator’s attention. This was following the conviction of Carl Pettit, a door supervisor who had been working for Elite Door Staff, for assault and working without an SIA licence.

The SIA’s criminal investigations team followed up on the intelligence supplied by Lincolnshire Police and discovered that Pettit had worked for Frater under contract at a hotel in Alford, Lincolnshire.

Pete Easterbrook, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager, stated: “In supplying Carl Pettit as an unlicensed door supervisor, Trevor Frater was entirely reckless and gave no thought whatsoever to the risk he was exposing members of the public to in doing so. Unfortunately, this risk was realised, and resulted in Carl Pettit assaulting a member of the public. It’s my view that those who supply unlicensed security operatives bear equal responsibility when those individuals cause harm. The seriousness of this matter was reflected in the sentence imposed by the court.”

Easterbrook added: “I would like to thank Lincolnshire Police for their assistance in this investigation. The outcome of the case serves as a reminder that similar offending is likely to result in a criminal conviction and the revocation of any SIA licences held.”

Request for information

In July last year, the SIA’s investigators requested information concerning Elite Door Staff’s contracts. However, Frater failed to comply with this request. He was then formally interviewed in September 2017 and only gave limited details. As a result, the SIA decided to prosecute Frater.

In mitigation, Frater admitted that he hadn’t checked Pettit’s licensing status. He explained that, as they had known each other for a number of years, and due to the fact that Pettit had previously produced a licence, Frater trusted that Pettit was licensed.

Frater was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £4,372 in costs as well as a victim surcharge of £100.

The court noted that this was, in its view, a serious matter, as the security operative that Frater had supplied had assaulted a member of the public. The court also stressed the importance of security businesses complying with the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and the need for security operatives to be licensed.

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