On 3 November Stephen and Brett Stocks of Fort Security plead guilty and were sentenced for working without a licence at Sheffield Magistrates Court. An investigation began when the South Yorkshire police arrested an unlicensed Door Supervisor in December 2015. The unlicensed operative admitted the offence but refused to state who had employed him. Further enquiries revealed that he worked for Fort Security. It was during this investigation that it became apparent that Stephen Stocks was responsible for supplying two unlicensed security operatives in June to the Eroica Festival in Derbyshire.
Our Head of Formal Investigations Nathan Salmon said:
These individuals were brought to the attention of the SIA in 2014. They were warned; however it would appear that these warnings were ignored and offending continued. This resulted in a further investigation which concluded with their successful conviction.
Further enquiries revealed that Brett Stocks, the son of Stephen Stocks, was also managing and supervising an operative on this contract, despite not having any type of SIA licence. Brett Stocks has never held an SIA licence and this amounts to a Section 3 offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (PSIA). During the investigation, it also became clear that Brett Stocks acted as a manager and supervisor to a security operative supplied to Eroica Festival, despite being unlicensed.
He denied supplying, supervising, or managing anyone, and stated that he had no business connection to Fort Security. Stephen Stocks was also formally interviewed. Other than confirming he was the father of Brett Stocks, he maintained his right to silence. In addition, when we requested further information under section 19 of the PSIA (2001) Stephen Stocks did not cooperate and this information remains outstanding. Stephen Stocks was found guilty of supplying unlicensed security operatives, a Section 5 PSIA (2001) offence and for failing to provide information as requested under section 19 PSIA (2001).
He was fined 600, and ordered to pay a 60 Victim Surcharge and costs of 3,000.
Brett Stocks was found guilty of acting as a manager or a supervisor of a security operative engaged in licensable conduct, a Section 3 PSIA offence (2001). He was fined 500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of 50 and costs of 1,300.
- 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.
A new campaign with a comedic twist has been launched, covering serious message of student safety and security, by University of Sheffield.
The city-wide campaign called Thieves Inc has been developed by the University s student communications team in conjunction with South Yorkshire Police, University of Sheffield Students Union and Sheffield Hallam Students Union. Based around a 12 minute fly on the wall mockumentary, it follows an average day inside a fictional company called Thieves Inc. The film (seen here) aims to show how thieves might operate if they were set up as a real legitimate business, targeting student suppliers to acquire products at no cost and selling them on to their clients at a considerable profit. A serious message of personal and property security is tackled in a humorous way with the aim that students will share it on social media to their friends.
University of Sheffield Student Communications Manager Malcolm Roberts said: Sheffield is one of the safest cities in the UK, but it s important for students to understand the steps they can take to keep themselves and their property safe. “This is just one of the initiatives we have at the University of Sheffield to support students and ensure they have the world class student experience that they deserve.
Shared via social media and website, the campaign is just one part of Safe Sheffield initiative created by the University working with its partners. TRENDING STORIES: Investigation launched after woman raped following Sheffield taxi ride1
PEACE and stability is one of those issues that was hardly raised in the referendum campaign. It was an issue that the previous Prime Minister was determined to keep out of the campaign, in spite of efforts by many of us to bring it into the argument, and despite evidence that voters, when asked, responded positively to the reminder. Since June 24, the Prime Minister and other Ministers have said that, in leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe and that we shall continue to play our full part in European foreign policy and external and internal security co-operation . The question to the Government is when will they tell us how on earth they intend to manage to play our full part when we leave the structures of co-operation? In the early years of Margaret Thatcher s government, Conservative ministers were enthusiasts for foreign policy co-operation . I remember the London report that the then Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, commissioned from 1980 to 1981 to investigate how to strengthen foreign policy co-operation . Those of us who have read Mrs Thatcher s Bruges speech carefully will remember that that also touched on the need for wider European security, speaking of Prague, Warsaw and Budapest as great European cities .
When the Cold War ended, the UK was in the lead on enlargement and in assisting the transformation of east European countries towards democracy and stability and in providing training for their police and border forces and armed forces, as we learnt that the disappearance of the Iron Curtain meant that co-operation on internal security and borders had become essential . The UK led in establishing Europol, and Europol has a number of very good British staff and a British secretary-general. In his first years as Prime Minister, Tony Blair supported closer Franco-British defence co-operation through the 1988 agreement to strengthen and lead closer European defence co-operation and to encourage others the Germans, the Dutch, the Italians and others to follow. However, the Daily Mail campaign against what it dubbed the European Army led him to back off, because he always hated standing up to the Daily Mail . Since then, what we have had is a widening gap between the realities of developing co-operation on peace and security and the unwillingness of Ministers, both Labour and Conservative, to admit to the right-wing press or to the House of Commons how far we have been usefully engaged, in our own national interest, in shared European interests. In 2010, the French took the initiative to strengthen bilateral defence co-operation further . Liam Fox, the then Secretary of State for Defence, followed the policy but did his best to suppress public awareness of joint operations and manoeuvres as far as possible . I am told that his first briefing by the official who managed Franco-British co-operation led to the Secretary of State saying: Ah yes, but I shall want to talk about this as little as possible. I am told that the memorandum to David Cameron on the commemoration of the First World War that sparked off a committee on which I still sit included the phrase and we must ensure that commemoration does not lend support to the myth that European integration arose out of the conflicts of World Wars One and Two .
That is not a myth; it is very much part of why, after the war, we ended up trying to develop European co-operation. The referendum campaign was thus fought on the basis that this was an argument about economics and sovereignty, unconnected with peace or security . One has to say that Liam Fox and others were European security co-operation deniers in that campaign . Yet the experience of two world wars had been that Britain cannot stand aside when the continent faces disorder. I was listening to a senior Nato official who spelt out clearly that, in an era of hybrid warfare, cyberattacks, surges of refugees and migrants and economic and financial sanctions as means of political pressure short of war, the EU is now as central to western security as Nato, and the EU is the essential partner of Nato in meeting these threats and challenges. Without having an answer to how we manage continuing co-operation in foreign policy, defence policy and internal security, we shall have no credible foreign policy . Perhaps it is appropriate that we still have no credible Foreign Secretary to push such a policy.
Lord Wallace of Saltaire is a Lib Dem peer who spoke in a House of Lords debate on Brexit .
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