Unlicensed security director ordered to pay over £18,000 from proceeds of crime

On Friday 9 November at Caernarfon Crown Court, Mark Pursglove (52) of Llanberis Road in Caernarfon was ordered to pay over £18,000 for his previous convictions including working without a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. Pursglove’s previous convictions were for providing unlicensed security operatives, giving the SIA false information and working as an unlicensed director.

The court heard that Pursglove is estimated to have earned over £66,000 from illegally operating a security business. The assets considered under the Proceeds of Crime Act included a family home and a Mercedes Benz. Pursglove was ordered to pay £18,283. The confiscation order states that he must pay the full amount within three months or face an eight-month prison sentence should he default on the payment.

A witness in the case, a security officer from Criccieth in North Wales, was also awarded £348.19 from Pursglove’s available assets.

Nathan Salmon, criminal investigations manager at the SIA, said: “The powers we have under the Proceeds of Crime Act mean that the income anyone gains when operating illegally in the private security industry can be confiscated. The industry should take note of this because not only could a prosecution disqualify someone from operating in the industry, but any revenue from the period of working outside the law could well be appropriated on top of that.”

Pursglove was prosecuted twice by the SIA. In February 2016, he was in court for supplying unlicensed security officers. As a result, he lost his SIA licence and was therefore no longer able to legally operate as a director of a security company.

Pursglove continued to work as a director and, in September last year, he was found guilty of working without a licence and convicted again. He was then sentenced to four months’ imprisonment suspended for two years and given a community order of 150 hours unpaid work on 3 November 2017.

Nathan Salmon added: “Ignoring our legislation and continuing to work having been prosecuted does not pay. Mark Pursglove is facing the consequences of such behaviour. As a result, he could lose his house.”

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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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