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Crown Court upholds our decision to refuse ACS status to Extreme Security Solutions Ltd

Crown Court Upholds Our Decision To Refuse ACS Status To Extreme Security Solutions Ltd

On Friday 9 June 2017 at Chester Crown Court, we successfully defended an appeal by Extreme Security Solutions Limited against a decision to refuse the company’s application for Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) status.

The company appealed to the Crown Court after their initial appeal was dismissed by South Cheshire Magistrates Court on 21 February 2017. The company, based in Macclesfield, applied for the ACS in November 2015 after a similarly-named ACS company, Extreme Security Limited, went into liquidation with significant debts and owing tens of thousands of pounds to HM Revenue & Customs. Mark Longden, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, was a director of both companies. There was another compliance issue as one of the previous directors of Extreme Security Solutions Ltd, Mark Longden s wife Amie Longden, had been unlicensed for several months prior to obtaining an SIA licence in March 2016.

After an investigation,we also discovered that the company had been supplying an unlicensed security guard to a local college over an extended period. The guard, when interviewed by ourinvestigators, admitted that he had been unlicensed since 2009 and had problems with alcoholism and debt. The company’s application for ACS was refused in September 2016. Their initial appeal against the decision was dismissed by South Cheshire Magistrates Court in February this year. New evidence produced at the Crown Court appeal also showed that the company, on its website, was incorrectly claiming to already hold ACS status.

Dismissing the company s further appeal at Chester Crown Court, Recorder Harry Narayan stated that the deployment of an unlicensed guard to a college was a serious lapse by the company, given that the licensable status of the guard was easily checkable . He also noted that the failings took place over a lengthy time and at a place where persons were entitled to be protected and where those in authority should be properly checked . The fact that the company s website claimed that it already held ACS status demonstrated that the company is not being run as it should be . Extreme Security Solutions Limited were ordered to pay our legal costs of 2976, in addition to the 4067 costs ordered previously by South Cheshire Magistrates Court.

Lisa Targowska, our Legal Deputy Director, said:

“We are grateful the Court agreed with us that this company is simply not fit and proper to be awarded ACS status. We will continue do our utmost to protect the integrity of the ACS and keep unsuitable businesses out of the scheme.”

Further information:

  • The Approved Contractor Scheme is voluntary and exists to raise performance standards. To be an Approved Contractor a business needs to meet a sector-specific approval based on a relevant set of qualifying criteria that is independently assessed.
  • 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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Tight security and tears as Manchester benefit concert kicks off

By Mark Hanrahan1 | MANCHESTER, England

MANCHESTER, England U.S . pop singer Ariana Grande headlined a star-studded benefit concert in Manchester on Sunday that was both joyful and mournful, in aid of victims of the bombing that rocked the city last month, as security fears ran high after attackers in London killed seven people.

Around 50,000 fans crammed into Old Trafford cricket ground under the watchful eye of hundreds of police, including a significant number of armed officers, a sight that would be unusual under normal circumstances.

The show saw performances from big pop acts from both sides of the Atlantic, including local heroes Take That and Liam Gallagher, along with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Coldplay, the Black Eyed Peas, and Grande.

The show was a mix of gaiety and somber reflection – fans could at times be seen jumping for joy, while others, holding banners saying “for our angels”, could be seen wiping away tears . The event began with a moment of silence for the victims of the bombing less than two weeks ago.

“I don t want to feel or hear or see any fear in this building,” U.S . singer Pharrell Williams told the crowd as he led them in a rendition of his hit single “Happy”. “The only thing we ll feel here tonight is love, and positivity.”

Fellow singer Miley Cyrus joined the rendition and said: “I d like to wrap my arms around each and every one of you and thank you .. . The most important responsibility we have in this time is to take care of one another.”

During her set, “Part of Me”, singer Katy Perry told the crowd: “love conquers fear and love conquers hate, and this love you choose will give you strength and it s our greatest power,” before asking the crowd to turn and hug the person next to them.

The somber cause that the concert was being held to benefit was never far from the crowd’s mind . Grande told the audience that her song selection was influenced by the mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, who died in last month’s bombing.

“Sorry” singer Justin Bieber also paid tribute, saying: “I just want to take this moment to honor the people that were lost . We love you so much .

To the families, we love you so much.”

Up to 14,000 of those who attended Grande’s May 22 concert, at which a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults, were given free tickets to attend Sunday’s show, with some persuaded to attend by their affection for the pop star, and despite their very real concerns about security.

“I m real excited, but real scared,” Shannon Beetham, 14, who was injured in last month’s bombing, told Reuters. “We were there in Manchester (arena) as well, I was hit.”

There were also plenty of upbeat moments, such as when a uniformed police officer was seen holding hands and dancing hand-in-hand with young fans, or when former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher belted out a swaggering version of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”.

Grande closed the show by inviting all the other performers on stage to help her sing her 2014 hit “One Last Time”, before she closed with a moving solo version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

Fans seemed to have forgotten any lingering fears about security towards the end of the evening, with a lively crowd of middle-aged fans singing “Tonight, I’m a rock and roll star” as they made their way out of the stadium.

(Editing by Tom Heneghan and James Dalgleish)


References

  1. ^ Mark Hanrahan (uk.reuters.com)

Security tightened for Enjoy Wolverhampton Live event

Visitors will only be able to get into the Queen Square event at three checkpoints and all bags will be searched. DJ Dicky Dodd will open the event at midday with family fun for the afternoon and then the live gigs, including Toploader, The Hoosiers, Lucy Spraggan, Kevin Simm and Pacific will take place from 6pm. Last year, visitors and shoppers could mill around Queen Square, but this year the area for the free event will be restricted.

People will only be able to access the site of the performances from three main entrances – on Dudley Street, Exchange Street and Lichfield Street. Each entrance will be manned by security staff and everyone will have their bag inspected before being allowed in. The site of the event will be thoroughly searched ahead of final set-up preparations being put in place.

Traffic restrictions also started at 8am today. Restrictions are due to be in place along Darlington Street at the junction of Waterloo Road, and along Lichfield Street from outside the Art Gallery to the junction of Princes Square. The organisers have also been working with the police who are carrying out patrols.

Cherry Shine, event manager, said: “We have changed the measures we had originally put in place after what happened in Manchester.

“Last year, at the 1980s fun fest event, we had enabled a free-flow of people throughout the centre throughout the day.

“Now, the flow of people will be controlled all day through the three entrances which will be manned by security staff.

“Our priority throughout the day is making sure people feel safe and secure and enjoy everything that Wolverhampton has to offer.”

The drinking of alcohol will be allowed in the site, though people attending must decant their booze into plastic cups provided by the organisers. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which allows police to seize alcohol from people, in Queen Square will be lifted for the event. Cherry Shine said: “People will be able to bring in a reasonable amount of alcohol . No glass bottles will be allowed in . People will have to decant their alcohol into the plastic cups we will provide in order to be allowed in.

“By providing the plastic cups it limits the amount that people can bring in – I don’t know many people that can carry more than two plastic cups at a time.

“The PSPO is aimed at reducing street drinking to tackle anti-social behaviour .

This is an event that encourages people to come along and enjoy Wolverhampton . The focus is not on the alcohol . Every major city across the UK has events such . By working with the police and introducing these controls, we will avoid any problems.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Armed response will not be policing the event.

“There will be an extra policing presence as it s a public event and staffed by local neighbourhood teams.”

Councillor Mike Hardacre, Labour councillor for Park ward, which is also covered by the PSPO said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and providing the necessary measures are put in place and it is properly stewarded then this decision to allow people to drink in the city centre does not seem unreasonable.”

Speaking about the enhance security measures, Councillor Hardacre continued: “It is very clear in my mind that security needs to be enhanced until the national security picture becomes clearer.

“It is only correct therefore that the local authority and other relevant authorities are taking these new measures that though not overly obtrusive, will better ensure that people can enjoy themselves safely and securely.”

The Civic Centre car park will be open from Wulfruna Street only and will have extended opening hours until 11pm . So will the NCP car parks in the city.