Swindon Magistrates Court
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Guilty plea for unlicensed security boss who claimed business was “just a hobby”

A Swindon man who claimed that his security business was “just a hobby” has pleaded guilty to working without a licence. James Barnett, the director of Gold Shield Group Ltd and its three subsidiaries, made the admission at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 17 October....
Posted On 22 Oct 2019
Antrim Crown Court
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Former security company boss ordered to pay £70,000 from proceeds of crime

On Friday 18 October, a former security company boss was ordered to pay £70,800 from the proceeds of crime by the presiding Judge at Antrim Crown Court. Steven Nixon of Portadown recently served a four-month prison service for ignoring a community service order following a...
Posted On 22 Oct 2019
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‘Shaping The Future Together’ serves as theme for SIA National Conference 2019

The Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) National Conference for 2019 takes place in South London at the Kia Oval cricket ground on Tuesday 12 November. This year’s theme is about shaping the future together and growing a sustainable private security industry that’s fit for the...
Posted On 17 Oct 2019
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How To Turn Compliance into a Competitive Business Advantage

Talking about compliance and competitive advantage in the same sentence can sound like a bit of an oxymoron, writes Andrew White, but as today’s security and risk management professionals face an ever more complex regulatory landscape, not only meeting compliance...
Posted On 08 Oct 2019
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Convicted Shropshire security boss ordered to pay £3,608.21 from proceeds of crime

The jailed former owner of a Shropshire-based security business has been ordered to pay £3,608.21 as a result of proceeds of crime proceedings. Matthew Davies and Maria Francis, both of Bridgnorth, were the former owner and director respectively of Showtime Security Guards Ltd....
Posted On 08 Oct 2019
Julian Adams
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Julian Adams appointed deputy chair at Association of British Insurers

Julian Adams, director of public policy and regulation at M&G plc (the holding company of the Prudential Assurance Company) has been appointed deputy chair of the Association of British Insurers (ABI). Adams will now serve alongside chair Jon Dye until the summer of 2020. He...
Posted On 03 Oct 2019
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“Phantom” security boss who failed to pay staff guilty of 22 counts of fraud

A security boss who ran seven companies under four different identities has been found guilty of defrauding security operatives who worked for him. John Gaines, 72, of Leamington Spa, was found guilty of 22 charges of fraud at Warwick Crown Court on Monday 30 September. Gaines...
Posted On 01 Oct 2019
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SIA investigation teams carry out annual licence check ‘blitz’ in Leicestershire

On Wednesday 25 September, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) carried out licence inspections across key venues in Leicestershire. All of the licences inspected by the 16 teams from the SIA’s Partnerships and Interventions Unit were legitimate. The SIA inspected 65...
Posted On 01 Oct 2019
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Unlicensed brothers prosecuted for illegal security work in West Yorkshire

Two brothers from West Yorkshire have been prosecuted for working in the security industry without the proper licences. Shamir Razak, an unlicensed door supervisor, and Abdul Rehman, his brother and employer, both pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 23 September. The...
Posted On 01 Oct 2019
Michelle Russell
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Security Industry Authority appoints Michelle Russell as director of partnerships and interventions

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has announced the appointment of Michelle Russell as the organisation’s new director of partnerships and interventions. Russell will be joining the SIA from the Charity Commission where she’s currently director of investigations,...
Posted On 30 Sep 2019