On 27 July at Kingston Crown Court, Michael Quinton pleaded guilty to acting as a director of Limited Risk Ltd contrary to the Company Director Disqualification Act. We began investigating Quinton and Limited Risk Ltd*, an existing Portsmouth-based security company to which he was linked, in May 2014. Quinton, who appeared to be acting as a director of the company, was listed as a disqualified director at Companies House and did not hold an SIA licence. When the investigation began, Quinton and Limited Risk had a number of contracts to undertake security at venues across London and the South East. After further enquiries it became clear that Quinton also had connections to several security companies that were listed as dissolved at Companies House.
These companies were Defensa Security Limited, Guardit (UK) Limited, Guardit Clubs Limited, Guardit Events Limited and Guardit Security Services. After scrutinising Quinton further, our SIA investigators uncovered a number of potential offences from the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014. These offences related to the supply of security staff to the Commonwealth Games where accommodation for the volunteers never materialised and they ended up paying for it themselves. Our SIA investigators were able to show that Quinton had been acting as a director for Limited Risk, despite having been disqualified. As a result, we referred him to the Insolvency Service and supplied information relating to the investigation.
Hampshire Police also investigated Quinton. The Criminal Enforcement team at the Insolvency Service then prosecuted Quinton. The court gave Quinton an 18 month sentence, suspended for 2 years. He was ordered to pay all the prosecution s costs of 13,818.47 within 6 months, and was disqualified from being a director of a company and/or an insolvency practitioner for 10 years. Kevin Young, SIA Partnerships and Investigations Manager, said:
Our investigation of Quinton s business practices relating to the supply of security staff to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, and other major sporting events, revealed a pattern of behaviour.
Our investigators at the SIA actively seek to work with partners and the conviction of Michael Quinton shows the value of joint working and sharing of information between the Insolvency Service and Hampshire Police.
The case lawyer, Ian Hatcher, from the Insolvency Service said:
This case shows that the Criminal Enforcement Team of Insolvency Service will take action against those individuals who act as directors or are involved in the management of companies when they are not permitted to do so. Here, a disqualified director attempted to circumvent his ban by incorporating a company abroad and by using the names of others as directors of his British company. The Criminal Enforcement Team of Insolvency Service was alive to this, and took firm action.
- 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.
OLIVE GROUP is advertising for a Project Security Manager to work in Jordan. The post of Project Security Manager is for the wind farm projects in Jordan. The post will be based at the project site near Tafila Jordan, and will report to and be lined managed by the Client Project Manager.
The post will be functionally led by the clients Regional Security Manager EME. The post will be responsible for delivering security support to wind farm projects and is a 1 year position with potential to expand to support further projects as they come on line in Jordan. The post is key to the Client s ability to deliver the project in a safe and secure manner and is essential in the delivery of appropriate duty of care support to all staff working on the project. Managerial Scope: Maintain the Project Security Plan. Manage the Private Security Company under the Client’s control and Site Security Supervisor. Monitor all security spending on the project ensuring that value for money is always achieved. Oversee the deployment and employment of live-armed guards if required. Qualifications and experience required: A detailed and current understanding of the Jordanian/ Middle Eastern security environment. Minimum of 2 years experience operating in a security management role.
Project management experience. Excellent written and spoken English and Arabic. Computer literate with strong Microsoft Office skills including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Happy to lead a team, but to do their own work on the ground. Both in terms of project delivery and at the computer to produce and maintain plans, procedures, training tools and records. Ability to work independently. Status and capability to engage with local law enforcement and intelligence agencies to ensure that the project site has suitable links into these communities. Working knowledge of Arabic is preferable. For more information follow the link below.
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Israel has installed security cameras at a contested shrine in Jerusalem after the introduction of metal detectors sparked a violent backlash. Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians have killed six people over the weekend in the highest escalation of violence for two years. Palestinians are accusing Israel of trying to take control of the holy site – known to Muslims as Haram al Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount – after authorities installed metal detectors at its door. The security measures were put forward by Israel after Arab gunmen opened fire from inside the shrine, killing two police officers.
Image: Security cameras installed at the al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem
Israeli officials have said they are open to adopting alternative security measures in order to reduce tensions, but have warned they will not remove the metal detectors. Israeli minister for regional development Tzachi Hanegbi told Army Radio the detectors “will remain”. “The murderers will never tell us how to search the murderers,” he said. “If they do not want to enter the mosque, then let them not enter the mosque.”
On Friday, several thousand Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Image: A Palestinian protester moves a burning tyre as he takes cover during clashes
Three Palestinians were killed and dozens of others were wounded after protesters burned tyres and threw stones and firecrackers . Israeli troops responded with live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas. Late on Friday night, a 20-year-old Palestinian identified as Omar al Abed jumped over the fence of the Halamish settlement and fatally stabbed a man and his two sons as they celebrated a newborn. An Israeli officer said: “This has nothing to do with metal detectors . There is no justification for murdering a grandfather at a party to celebrate the birth of his new grandson.” Israel has repeatedly accused the Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas of permitting anti-Israeli incitement in the their discourse. Mr Abbas announced he would “freeze” ties with Israel “on all levels” until the new security measures were removed.