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Unlicensed security director given suspended prison sentence as court considers confiscation of his assets

On 6 November, at Caernarfon Crown Court, Mark Pursglove was sentenced for working without a licence following several hearings in October 2017 and September 2017. At this latest hearing, Pursglove was given a 4-month prison sentence suspended for 2 years. He was also sentenced to a community order of 150 hours unpaid work. As part of this hearing, Pursglove was referred for the confiscation of assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002). As a result, a confiscation timetable was set.

Pursglove is a serial offender, he was found guilty of working without a licence on 14 September and this is the second time he has been prosecuted; in February 2016, he was found guilty of supplying unlicensed security operatives. When sentencing Pursglove, the Judge said:

I do not think you appreciate how serious this matter is. A licence is required for public protection. It ensures that the public know that when they are at their most vulnerable, for example when they are drunk; there are calm heads around who have their best interests at heart.

The Court takes a serious view of this. You breached your licence in 2016 and a substantial financial penalty was imposed (over 8,000). You lost your licence in early 2016 and you tried to manufacture your way around this. You were found guilty by the magistrates of two serious offences.

The matter is aggravated by your failure to admit your guilt and to show contrition to the probation officer ahead of the hearing today

Nathan Salmon, our Criminal Investigations Manager also said:

I am hopeful that Mr Pursglove s sentence will stop his involvement in the private security industry. For several years, the SIA has had to use the strongest sanction and prosecute Mr Pursglove because of his ongoing offending. However, he was arrogant and wilfully ignored his 2016 conviction and the loss of his licence, a matter which the SIA could not ignore.

We will pursue the recovery of Mr Pursglove s assets, which he has as a result of his crimes. This action will prevent the reinvestment of profits made by criminals and limit their unfair advantage over legitimate businesses. The next hearing will be at Caernarfon Crown Court on 9 April 2018. Pursglove will be ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs at the end of confiscation proceedings.

Further information:

  • 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.
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Cupich won’t beef up security at churches after Texas massacre

A church is supposed to be a place of safety and security. But Sunday s mass shooting in Texas marks the second time in two years a gunman has turned a place of worship into a place of war. It’s raising new questions about church security . But the head of Chicago s archdiocese says don’t expect to see armed guards or metal detectors. Cardinal Blase Cupich says thoughts and prayers are nice, but the church shooting in Texas demands more than just talk. “It’s time now to act, and we need to do something about the growing violence due to these high powered weapons in our country, Cupich said. The head of Chicago s archdiocese says he has already instituted a ban on guns in churches . but even after the carnage in Texas and the massacre of nine people by a white supremacist in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina two years ago, Cupich says he does not see the need to beef up security in Chicago s Catholic churches. “I don’t want to make our churches places in which people feel as though they should be fearful about coming in .

We want to create safe environments where people do come in and for people to be alert, Cupich said. “What you have with churches, you have a collection of people all in one spot . Unfortunately, someone with bad intentions, that’s an attractive target, said Mike Verden. Former secret service agent Mike Verden says churches are considered soft targets with little security . He says short of armed guards and metal detectors, there are ways churches can make themselves more secure, including controlling access points, monitoring social media, meeting with local police and fire officials to develop an emergency response plan and awareness training for staff. The Reverend Michael Pfleger, whose St . Sabina s church is in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, agrees armed guards aren’t the answer. “We are not ever going to have armed security in our church . I refuse to fall into this madness of more guns .

I heard the Attorney General in Texas talk about more people should bring their guns to church . That’s madness, said Rev . Michael Pfleger.