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Belfast door supervisor prosecuted for working without SIA licence

On 15 May at Laganside Magistrates Court in Belfast, Gareth Henry was prosecuted by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and found guilty of working without a licence.

The SIA was alerted to Henry’s behaviour last October by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). They had received reports of Henry using excessive force at a bar on Dublin Road in Belfast. SIA investigators visited the venue where Henry worked and found that he was working without a licence.

The investigators discovered that Henry had previously held a licence, but that it had expired in 2013. He was cautioned for working without a licence in 2016 by the PSNI and in response submitted an application to the SIA, which was refused. At this point, Henry changed jobs.

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In December, SIA investigators interviewed the general manager at the bar where Henry was working. Further enquiries revealed that Henry had been working at the bar for over a year. When SIA investigators interviewed Henry, he admitted to working without a licence. The SIA consequently prosecuted him.

Laganside Magistrates Court found Henry guilty. He was ordered to pay a fine of £250, fixed costs of £92 and an offender’s levy of £15

SIA criminal investigations manager Pete Easterbrook said: “The SIA exists to protect the public. Our licensing regime is designed to ensure that those individuals who may represent a risk to the public are not able to work lawfully in the security industry.  The fact that this case was brought to our attention through an allegation of excessive force only serves to highlight the risk posed to the public through the use of unlicensed security operatives.”

Easterbrook concluded: “Despite having been previously cautioned for working without an SIA licence, Gareth Henry continued to work as a door supervisor and took steps to avoid being detected. This prosecution serves as a reminder that undermining the safeguards provided by regulation is entirely unacceptable. Those doing so can expect to be brought before a court.”

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Securitas celebrates milestone with new Northern Ireland HQ opening in Belfast

Arlene Foster – Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland – has officially opened a new Belfast headquarters for Securitas Security Services (UK), with the ceremony marking the company’s long-term commitment to the region.

The opening of the new 3,000 square foot building heralds Securitas Security Services (UK)’s positive impact on the local economy.

In a significant commitment to the region by the global industry leader, the Belfast premises will be home to Securitas’ 350-plus staff operating across Northern Ireland.

Minister Foster commented: “This office opening is a significant milestone for Securitas, and enable the company to strengthen its competitive position. Securitas has a strong and established presence in Northern Ireland, and the company’s continued commitment reinforces the message that Belfast is a good place to do business.”

Security solutions for over 100 businesses

Securitas has operated out of the city since 2002, and is the only company in Northern Ireland which can deliver province-wide key holding alarm response and patrols from its three bases (in Belfast, Limavady and Fivemiletown).

The new Belfast office cements the company’s presence in Northern Ireland, where it already offers a diverse range of security solutions to more than 100 businesses.

Left to Right: Danny Williams, Minister Arlene Foster, Brian Riis Nielson, David Lee, Shaun Kennedy and Ann McGregor

Left to Right: Danny Williams, Minister Arlene Foster, Brian Riis Nielson, David Lee, Shaun Kennedy and Ann McGregor

End users of Securitas solutions incloude Stena Line, Thales, Siemens, Sainsbury’s and the Northern Ireland Science Park, with Securitas personnel providing services including Front of House, retail and commercial security, controlled response and loss prevention support.

A recent contract win has placed Securitas wardens across Antrim Borough as part of a community safety project tackling anti-social behaviour in priority areas and reducing residents’ fear of crime. The contract will see Securitas staff engaging with local youths in evening patrols in a bid to encourage them towards more positive activities. Gathered intelligence will be fed through to the relevant statutory agencies.

Set to boost employment

With rapid deployment of security personnel a core part of Securitas’ business, the opening of the headquarters is expected to boost employment. Job creation is anticipated within six months.

Securitas has a policy of staffing 30% over all contracted personnel to ensure it can meet customer demand, which will lead to further employment opportunities moving forward.

City dignitaries (including Chamber of Commerce CEO Ann McGregor MBE) also attended the office opening. In an address to guests, McGregor said: “As CEO of Northern Ireland Chambers I’m delighted to see an organisation like Securitas, which is a globally-recognised brand, demonstrating its commitment to Northern Ireland.”

McGregor continued: “We’re dedicated to working alongside the Government to drive the economy. We launched a campaign last year called ‘Growing Something Brilliant’ to set a mood of confidence and optimism in the business community as a catalyst for change. Our core message is that the economy is on the up, but it will not gather momentum unless we each play a part. With more than 350 staff already employed here, and with these wonderful new premises, Securitas is already an example of a company growing something brilliant.”

Local experience: driving the business forward

Commenting on the new office opening, Securitas Country President Brian Riis Nielsen said: “It’s a fantastic recognition of the commitment and expertise of our Northern Ireland workforce that we are celebrating the launch of our Belfast headquarters.”

Nielsen added: “While Securitas is a global knowledge leader within this industry, it’s our local experience that defines success and drives our business forward. We look forward to building on our firm foundations in this region, and hope our long term growth plans will also help boost employment in the area.”

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