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 prosecution was brought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Rehman was fined £290, while Razak was given 250 hours’ unpaid community service. The brothers each have to pay costs of £1,125, to be paid within 56 days.

Pete Easterbrook, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager, said: “The SIA will always prosecute cases of this kind.  Irresponsible and non-compliant security operators are a danger to the public. It’s hard to imagine a more blatant breach of the licensing regime than an unlicensed employer sending his own unqualified brother to work illegally as a door supervisor. The private security industry is regulated by the SIA in order to prevent untrained and unaccountable operators from risking public safety.”

Shamir Razak was found working as a door supervisor at the Bijou nightclub in Keighley following an incident in November 2017. The SIA discovered that Razak was not licensed, and started an investigation into his employer, AMK Security Ltd.

The SIA’s investigators soon realised that the director of AMK Security Ltd, Abdul Rehman, was also unlicensed. It was at this point they discovered Razak and Rehman were brothers.

Rehman, who initially denied his role as a director of AMK Security Ltd, had recently supplied an appeal reference to a third party who was subject to licence suspension procedures by the SIA. Rehman’s letter, which had been sent within the relevant time period, was on AMK Security Ltd headed paper with the company’s registered address.

Razak had also denied working as a door supervisor without a licence. However, footage from CCTV cameras at the Bijou nightclub clearly showed him screening customers at the entrance along with other door supervisors. He could also be seen assisting with an ejection from the venue.

Easterbrook added: “We’re very glad that the magistrates viewed this as a serious matter. The sentencing in this case serves as a warning to those who choose to work in the security industry in defiance of the law.”

About the Author
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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