Suspended Cardiff door supervisor pleads guilty to working while unlicensed

Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates' Court

Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court

On Wednesday 12 June, Alan Blake (35) of Cardiff pleaded guilty at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court to working as a door supervisor despite having had his licence suspended following a conviction for criminal damage at Glamorgan Valley Magistrates’ Court on 19 April last year.

Blake admitted to working illegally at Merthyr Tydfil’s Iron Dragon pub in October and November last year. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) brought the prosecution, having already suspended Blake’s licence in October 2018 due to the earlier criminality.

South Wales Police suspected that Blake was still working as a door supervisor after his licence was suspended and alerted the SIA. The police were able to confirm to the SIA that Blake worked at the Iron Dragon on five occasions in October and November last year.

The SIA subsequently interviewed Blake. He admitted to using his brother’s licence details (unbeknown) to enable him to resume his role as a door supervisor. Alan Blake worked under contract to Amber Taverns, the pub chain that manages the Iron Dragon.

The SIA is continuing its investigations into Blake’s employer.

Blake was sentenced to pay a fine of £300 and is required to pay court costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Nathan Salmon, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager, said: “Alan Blake deliberately disregarded the licensing regime as he continued to work as an unlicensed door supervisor when his licence was suspended. The process of suspensions is necessary for the SIA to assess the suitability for someone to hold a licence and ensure public safety.  This was a course of conduct with offending on five separate occasions over a period of three weekends. He also dishonestly used his brother’s licence number to obtain employment and bypass the regulatory regime which is enshrined in law to protect the public.”

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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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