Staffordshire door supervisor convicted for working after SIA licence revoked

A Staffordshire door supervisor was fined at North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court on 2 September after he was caught working at Moorville Hall Hotel in Werrington despite his licence having been revoked by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Kevin Warburton, 50, of Stoke, pleaded guilty to working in a licensable security operative role while unlicensed and was fined £200.00. He was also ordered to pay £300.00 costs, as well as a victim surcharge of £30.00.

The SIA received a report in January that Warburton was working as a door supervisor at Moorville Hall Hotel, even though his licence had been revoked in December 2017. Warburton had ignored repeated messages from the SIA to return his licence. Staffordshire Constabulary seized the licence shortly afterwards following a request from the SIA.

SIA investigators formally interviewed Warburton in July and confronted him with time sheets showing that he had worked numerous times while unlicensed. Warburton admitted his offending, and claimed that “family upheaval” had prevented him from responding to letters from the SIA.

Pete Easterbrook, of the SIA’s Criminal Investigation Team, said: “The SIA robustly regulates the security industry and will seek to prosecute those who chose to ignore the legislation in place. Kevin Warburton was not licensed to work as a door supervisor, and yet he used his revoked SIA licence on a number of occasions. He deceived the company who employed him, and customers at the venue, by pretending that he was properly licensed. Security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services, not to mention the general public. Unlicensed security staff are not only illegal, but they are unregulated, unsafe and a potential risk to the public.”

District Judge Grego, sitting in Newcastle-under-Lyme, said that Warburton had committed a serious offence that could have resulted in a prison sentence. However, due to Warburton’s guilty plea, and in light of previous good character and mitigation offered by the defence, he deemed that a fine was appropriate.

Warburton now has 28 days to start paying his fine or face further penalties.

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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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