In August 2016 our investigator inspected security staff at a taxi company in Chester. This individual was operating as a taxi marshal, working to make sure that the taxi queue did not get out of hand. After inspecting further our investigators observed that the SIA licence displayed on the security operative s arm was different to the name his colleagues called him. They checked the Register for Licence Holders (ROLH) and found out that the licence the security operative was wearing had expired in 2014. The expiry date on the licence card he was wearing also appeared to be altered, so the investigators made a formal request for the SIA licence to be returned.
Further questioning revealed that this security operative was in fact Stacey Sam Harrison, a family member of the original licence holder. The date of birth and address Stacey had originally provided were his own. Checks revealed that Stacey Harrison had never held an SIA licence. After being interviewed under caution in January 2017, Stacey Harrison admitted taking the expired licence. He said he found the licence at a family member s house and made amendments to it. These amendments were to the expiry date and sector. He adjusted the sector as he wanted employers to think he had a door supervision licence, as his employers were seeking door supervision contracts.
During the interview, it became clear that the activity he was employed for was licensable. He also told investigators that he worked at another taxi company regularly and, on occasion, at the Racecourse in Chester for the same employer. Following the initial inspection, in August 2016, the directors of the company were interviewed by our SIA investigators. This interview revealed that Stacey Harrison had been working for the company, unlicensed, from 2011 to August 2016. Our investigators also discovered that the directors knew Harrison under a different name, and that Harrison had led them to believe he was licensed at all times.
One of the directors produced a copy of the licence Harrison had supplied to them, which appeared to have been subject to similar alterations to that handed to our SIA investigation officers. Harrison pleaded guilty to working without a licence. He claimed that he did not have a job at the time, and couldn’t afford the 500 required to obtain a licence. He apologised to the Court for committing these offences. The judge commented that licences exist for a reason and that the offences committed by Harrison were serious, especially forgery of a licence.
Harrison was fined 360, reduced to 240 due to his early guilty plea. He was also ordered to pay 250 in costs, and a victim surcharge of 30. Criminal Investigations Manager, Pete Easterbrook commented that
Working as a security operative without an SIA licence is a serious offence. However, Stacey Harrison took this one step further and altered the SIA licence of a family member and attempted to pass this off as genuine. This is fraud and will not be tolerated by the SIA or the security industry, especially those frontline operatives who have worked hard to genuinely obtain their SIA licence.
The conviction of Mr. Harrison for these offences serves as a reminder that those who seek to undermine the law in this way are very likely to be found out and will face the consequences of their actions in court.
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.
London Pride 2017 latest: Armed police to patrol parade amid heightened security after terror attacks
Revellers at this year’s Pride parade1 will be guarded by armed police amid heightened security following recent terror attacks in the capital. Firearms officers will patrol the parade through central London on Saturday, with Scotland Yard having already warned those attending to expect an increased police presence.2
Concrete roadblocks have also been set up to guard against a London Bridge-style attack, with 24,500 partygoers set to descend on Soho for the parade. This year, 150 police officers and staff from the Met will take part in the parade, alongside officers from British Transport Police, paramedics and the London Fire Brigade.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to march through central London during the parade (PA Archive/PA Images)
Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap said: “We know that recent events in London and Manchester will cause people to worry.
As with any large event the Met’s priority is public safety and we are working closely with the organisers in the lead up to Pride to develop our policing plan.
“We want Pride to be a friendly and safe event for everyone to enjoy and, to help us, we need the public to take the usual precautions by remaining vigilant and reporting anything of concern to police officers or stewards at the event.”
Plain clothes officers are also set to patrol the event, with the Met having worked with organisers over the past few months to prepare security measures. At a meeting last week, the Met said the event would be policed within the context of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. Met Commisioner Cressida Dick said the celebrations would look and feel a bit different this year .
Officers were forced to review security arrangements at last year s festival in the wake of the terror attack at an Orlando gay club, which left 49 people dead. On June 3, eight people were killed when terrorist mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage in Borough Market. The parade, which runs from 1pm until 4.30pm, starts in Portland Place before marching through Soho and ending at Whitehall.
Potential Linfield v Celtic tie moved to July 14 over security concerns
A Belfast clash between Linfield and Celtic has been pencilled in for July 14 – avoiding the security nightmare of a powderkeg eve-of-Twelfth tie. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/potential-linfield-v-celtic-tie-moved-to-july-14-over-security-concerns-35856883.html
A Belfast clash between Linfield and Celtic has been pencilled in for July 14 – avoiding the security nightmare of a powderkeg eve-of-Twelfth tie. The Friday evening fixture, which would have a 5pm kick-off, was provisionally agreed after a high-level meeting yesterday.
It came after the Belfast Telegraph reported how the PSNI had stepped in to veto a proposed July 11 match. The sides are on course to meet for the first time in a Champions League qualifier – provided Linfield overcome La Fiorita from San Marino. But the prospect of Celtic coming to Windsor Park, and all the emotion that goes with it, has been front and back page news since Monday’s draw.
Even Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill got caught up in the excitement yesterday. Speaking on a visit to Belfast, he said: “We should note it’s a game that is only a possible game at this moment in time, but the Celtic tie is a huge carrot for Linfield to get beyond the San Marino side.
“I go back to when I was manager of (League of Ireland club) Shamrock Rovers in Europe and we had a game against an Israeli team, and the carrot for us was to play Juventus if we beat them and we got through the tie.
“That was brilliant and it would be the same for Linfield to play a massive club like Celtic in the Champions League.
“I think the Linfield players would enjoy the media attention that would come with it and I think it will be a great game if it comes to fruition.”
As long as Linfield overcome La Fiorita in their first-round clash, they will face the Scottish champions in a two-legged qualifier. They had been scheduled to play the home leg in Belfast on either July 11 or 12, but the prospect of a high-risk football match at the height of the marching season alarmed the PSNI.
Senior officers quickly ruled out staging it on either date. A meeting between officials from both clubs and police was held yesterday, with the July 14 date being fixed. Discussions were ongoing last night on whether Celtic would take up their allocation of tickets for a match in Belfast . It is understood Linfield are happy to have away fans at the game, and would accept tickets for the return tie in Glasgow, if it happens.
Celtic were represented at the meeting yesterday by their head of security Ronnie Hawthorn. Also present were Linfield chairman Roy McGivern and representatives from the PSNI and Police Scotland. Sources said July 12 had been ruled out from the start . July 11 was also deemed impossible .
Alternative dates of July 10 and July 13 were discussed, but both were also considered problematic. Eventually July 14 was settled on, with the 5pm kick-off a police decision. Mr McGivern said: “I’m pleased that both clubs and all parties have worked together to reach an amicable solution and we would host the first leg in Belfast as drawn.”
If the tie goes ahead, Linfield stand to make around 1 million.
They have already been assured of live TV coverage, with BT Sport one of three broadcasters interested in securing the rights . Adding intrigue is the fact that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is from Co Antrim . Also, Linfield boss David Healy played for the Bhoys’ bitter rivals Rangers during his career.
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