At Teesside Crown Court, on 30 June 2017, Christopher Catchpole was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment following a guilty plea to offences of money laundering, supplying an unlicensed security operative and being the director of a security company without a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. The sentence is the conclusion of a lengthy investigation involving ourselves and a number of local enforcement partners. In 2014, the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) contacted our investigators with concerns regarding Catchpole and his security company, Prolock Security North East Ltd.
Our investigators conducted a number of site visits and found an unlicensed guard working on a site in Stockton-On-Tees. This is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA). Catchpole was the director of the company who supplied the unlicensed guard and we discovered that he was also unlicensed himself. This provided the catalyst to investigate Catchpole and his security company further and ultimately to report the case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Our investigators worked closely with the RART and used their powers under the Private Security Industry Act to obtain information relating to the conduct of Catchpole and his security business.
While this prosecution was underway, the Police also had an on-going investigation into Catchpole for the part he played in an organised criminal group who were involved in the supply of class A drugs. As a result, we worked with the Police prior to Catchpole being charged and sentencing was postponed until the drugs case was concluded. In 2016, Catchpole formed a new security company, and our investigators carried out additional site visits. They identified more security operatives who were working without SIA licences.
Our investigators also found Catchpole had profited significantly from the security contracts he had secured. They were able to provide evidence in court that that Catchpole s activities had deprived legitimate security companies from obtaining 1.1 million of business. Catchpole was charged in March 2015, sentencing was adjourned until 30 June 2017 when he was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment, for money laundering and offences under the Private Security Industry Act. Catchpole is also subject to a Serious Crime Prevention Order which will come into effect once he is released from prison.
The order includes a condition that he must not have a role in any business relating to security. The RART and CPS are now taking steps to recover the proceeds of Catchpole s criminality, with a further hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act set for November this year. Our Criminal Investigations Manager, Pete Easterbrook said:
Christopher Catchpole operated a security business with a complete disregard for the law and gave no thought whatsoever to the consequences of supplying unlicensed security operatives. In addition, this investigation has highlighted the significant financial loss to legitimate businesses through his unlawful activities, and the profit made by Catchpole at the expense of his customers. Mr. Catchpole is now serving a considerable prison sentence, and this is due in no small part the excellent relationship between the SIA and our partner agencies. I would particularly like to thank colleagues from the North East RART for the tenacity and commitment they have shown during this investigation.
The SIA will continue to work with partners to take robust action against those who use the security industry as a vehicle for their criminality.
DS Thomas Maughan from the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team, who led this investigation, said
The sentence of 32 months imprisonment is a reflection of the seriousness of the offending. Christopher Catchpole ran a very lucrative security business without a licence, trained staff or valid insurance. He has showed a blatant disregard for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) regulations throughout and continued to trade illegally for over a year after conviction. We have instigated a Proceeds of Crime Act timetable and will continue to pursue anybody who gains from their criminal activities. The serious crime prevention order granted means that for 5 years after his release from prison the police can monitor his activities and prevent Christopher Catchpole from committing similar offences in the future. I would like to thank the CPS, the SIA and the North East Regional Serious Organised Crime Unit for their assistance in this protracted investigation.
- 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.
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View article: Local & Live Festival Tunbridge Wells 24-28 August
All security personnel who hold a CP licence only. It’s that time of year again when we start looking for suitable security/surveillance staff to cover a music festival in the Banbury area, nr Oxford on the dates of Thur 10th to 12th August 2017. Again the contract has been won for the provision for a plain clothed surveillance team to patrol, in a low profile role, to provide up to date information, observation and surveillance for any undesirable persons at the festival.
The job outline is for three nights Thurs to Sat night (ending Sun 06.00) Same advert as last year only with the addition of IF YOU CANT DO IT DONT APPLY. Kirsten got let down badly last year by several persons and it nearly cost her the contract. All sounds fun, the facts. Looking for The job is for three night s Thur 10th to Sat 12th hours 20.00-06.00am each shift. Pay is 450 for the three shifts, on 30 day invoice. Its plain clothes work, it may be wet or it may be dry tho, so wet weather kit may be in order!!! (It s a family orientated low level festival which attracts generally mature and family persons) with a crowd of 20,000 people. There are uniformed guards there for the crowd control and public order which are nothing to do with the surveillance teams, the role of the surveillance team is to observe and report any illegal or immoral activities to the Control or the Police on the festival (avoid any hands on if possible, it s a family thing after all however if necessary reasonable minimal force can be used of which is justifiable). Breakdown is One PM, one Team Leader and four two man/woman teams. PM and TL already allocated so don t apply for the role.
So anyone who either lives local to Banbury or wants to camp out for the full duty is more than welcome. A wrist band is issued so you can see the bands too if it’s quite. Job goes out for all members of security staff who hold a CP SIA license. Men and women can apply, need both for this job. NO EGOS on this job either, it s a good gig and its been going on for over 10 years without hitch. To apply PLEASE DON T SEND YOUR CV. Only send a profile with your skills for this role (not really interested if your ex DET, 14int-live in a loft for two weeks in NI in 1984 or you can camouflage yourself to match the wife s curtains) just looking for guys/gals who can get involved and get on with it at this type of event and work without fuss. Ex Mill preferred however not essential as there are some great non ex mil guys out there, all on merit. Professional whiners and job snobs need not apply as it has a good rating of a nice number for the guys who have done it over the last few years.
Feel free to spread the word on other sites. Send profile to Kirsten Kirsten.email@example.com On three notes, 1 this is the only job she covers so no need to ask to be kept on file.
2 If you are on the job please don t card the client as it has been done before and the client lets her know. Kirsten is offering work in these quiet times, please don t bite the hand.
3 if you re on the job stick to it, she was let down on the 11th hour last year, very disappointed.
Brief on role upon selection Thanks