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Need for correct licensing of security guards emphasised by SIA

12 October 2020

Following a recent court case heard by Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, the importance of ensuring correctly licensed security guards has been confirmed.

The case, heard on 30 September, saw Peter Blythe of Taunton and a director of PB Facilities Management, plead guilty to two counts of providing unlicensed security personnel.

Brought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the court heard that Mr Blythe had previously applied for a licence, but his application had been rejected.

According to the website, he had placed an advert in 2018 for security personnel who did not “need to be licensed”.

The SIA has used the case to emphasise that it is illegal to work in the private security industry without a valid licence.

Mr Blythe was found to have provided unlicensed security personnel to a construction site in Penrith, which was discovered following a visit by the Cumbria Constabulary.

Subsequent visits were made by the police and the SIA and found that although he was licensed to work on the site as part of efforts to protect Great Crested Newts, the security work was unlicensed.

Mr Blythe was fined £1,000 by Carlisle Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay costs of £225.

An identical fine and costs were also presented to PB Facilities Management, of which Mr Blythe is the sole director.

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