Unlicensed Cwmbran security boss pleads guilty in Magistrates’ Court

Cwmbran Magistrates' Court

Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court

On Monday 2 December at Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court, Nicholas Seabrook of Cwmbran pleaded guilty to being an unlicensed security director and failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Seabrook was bailed pending a financial investigation.

Seabrook broke the law as he was an unlicensed director of NPS Security Ltd between 6 August 2018 (when he started the company) and 13 July this year. During that time, he supplied security services to a number of pubs in South Wales including The White Hart, The Hole in the Wall (The Royal Exchange) in Brynmawr, The Carpenters Arms in Newport, The Ferns, The Wine Vaults and The Victoria.

The prosecution against Seabrook was brought by the SIA after information was provided by Gwent Police. The SIA sought information from Seabrook which he failed to provide. When interviewed, he admitted that he had been operating his business without a licence.

Nathan Salmon, one of the SIA’s criminal investigations managers, said: “The private security industry is regulated because Parliament has deemed that its operatives require licensing in order to protect the public. These regulations are not a barrier for new businesses and the industry continues to grow with new entrants. However, the licensing of operatives, as well as their managers and directors, remains a requirement to trade lawfully. Seabrook was aware he needed to be licensed. A Google search had told him so, yet he continued to trade without making his own licence application. This has now placed his business and assets at risk.”

Seabrook will be sentenced in the New Year.

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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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