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Meet The Security Company: First Response Group

This is the 23rd instalment in a series of articles for the readers of Risk Xtra where we shine the spotlight on NSI-approved businesses for the benefit of risk and security managers who purchase security guarding as well as systems-focused solutions. Answering our questions on...
Posted On 31 Oct 2019
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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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
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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
Abbey Petkar
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Hidden Dangers in the Security Contract Tendering Process

Since 2010, local authorities have had their budgets cut by an average of 26%. In the same period, Government spending on the police service has gone down by 30% in real terms, resulting in 20,000 fewer police officers on our streets. These police cuts have made local authorities...
Posted On 26 Sep 2019