Security boss and unlicensed officer prosecuted at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court

On Friday 24 January, Dudley security boss Tammy Sharman and security officer Gregory Clarke were fined at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court for offences against the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Sharman and Clarke pleaded guilty to the offences following an investigation by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Sharman, the operator of Black Country Security Services, provided the services of an unlicensed security officer – Gregory Clarke – to a Solihull hotel on 1 June last year.

For her part, Sharman has now been ordered to pay a fine of £300, plus court costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £30. Clarke was fined £120 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge in addition to court costs of £350.

The prosecution was brought by the SIA following a tip-off by the West Midlands Police. The SIA investigated a claim that a hotel had an unlicensed security officer working on the premises on the night of the Champions League Final. West Midlands Police and SIA investigators met with Sharman, who admitted to deploying Clarke.

Clarke’s SIA licence expired in 2016. In November 2018, he was refused a subsequent licence following a series of convictions for battery and harassment handed down to him at Birmingham and Solihull Magistrates’ Court.

Nathan Salmon of the SIA’s criminal investigations team commented: “Clarke pretended to be licensed, although he wasn’t, and worked illegally as a security officer at the hotel. Sharman failed to do due diligence checks on Clarke, meaning that on the night of the Champions League Final, patrons of the hotel were not protected effectively.”

Salmon added: “Together, these two have broken the law. Sharman has provided unsuitable labour for her client, and Clarke has knowingly worked while unlicensed. Sharman will likely lose her own licence. Both have now incurred fines and criminal records.”

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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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