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Derby security boss sentenced and ordered to pay £14,000 prosecution costs

Yesterday [10 February 2014], Malik Manzoor Sabri (director of Arfeen Security Limited) was given a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to several security offences.

At Derby Magistrates Court, 40-year old Malik Manzoor Sabri pleaded guilty to engaging in licensable conduct without licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA), failing to provide information to the SIA when requested and three charges of providing false information to the SIA.

Sabri (of Becher Street, Derby) was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment (suspended for 12 months), a 12-week curfew order and 200 hours of unpaid work. Sabri will also have to pay prosecution costs of £14,298.

Background to the case

In January 2013, the SIA began making enquiries into Arfeen Security and a statutory request for information was made of Sabri himself.

When the material provided was tested, it was established that Sabri had supplied false information regarding the company’s employees and its customers.

Although Sabri had held a door supervisor licence, this had expired in March 2013. Sabri continued to act as the director of Arfeen Security while unlicensed between April and July 2013.

Arfeen Security had been part of the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) from January 2011. Once the SIA investigation commenced, and it was discovered that Sabri was unlicensed, consideration was given to suspending the company’s approval.

Sabri voluntarily withdrew the company from the ACS in July 2013 before this action could be taken.

Continual monitoring of intelligence

The SIA’s head of investigation, Nathan Salmon, commented: “The SIA continually monitors intelligence received regarding non-compliance with the Private Security Industry Act 2001, including intelligence on members of the Approved Contractor Scheme.”

Salmon continued: “For Arfeen Security and Mr Sabri, this led to an investigation where Sabri proceeded to provide incomplete and false information to the Regulator. We suspected that this was an attempt to conceal wider offending, including deploying unlicensed security operatives.”

In addition, Salmon said: “Mr Sabri’s actions have come at a high price. In addition to this tough penalty and financial burden ordered by the court, the investigation led to the company’s withdrawal from the Approved Contractor Scheme.”

To conclude, Salmon explained: “Arfeen Security no longer trades and, given his conviction for these offences, Mr Sabri will be unable to work in the security industry in the future.”

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Sir Ian Johnston joins the SIA’s Board

Sir Ian Johnston has joined the Security Industry Authority (SIA) as a non-executive Board member.

The appointment – which was ratified on 5 February – will see Sir Ian work closely with the SIA’s executive team to ensure the Regulator carries out its duties effectively and to the highest possible standard.

Sir Ian was appointed by the Home Office after an open competition and will serve as a non-executive member of the Board for a three-year term.

Sir Ian’s knowledge and experience in the field of policing and security will be invaluable as the SIA moves towards the introduction of licensing for security businesses.

Sir Ian Johnston

Sir Ian Johnston

On his new appointment, Sir Ian Johnston said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as a Board member for the SIA. The private security industry has a growing role to play in keeping people safe. Therefore, helping to raise standards is an immensely worthwhile task.”

Sir Ian concluded: “I’m very much looking forward to contributing towards enhancing the quality of what the industry delivers in the years to come.”

Career history to date

Sir Ian is a Deputy Lieutenant for London, a trustee of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and a member of the Audit Committee for the British Museum.

Previously, he served as the director of security for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

That role followed on from a 44-year policing career, including eight years as chief constable of the British Transport Police and seven years as assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police Service.

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