On 26 October, at Leamington Spa Magistrates Court, Karl Alexander Morrison, now known as Karl O Brien, was found guilty of working without an SIA licence. Morrison was found working without an SIA licence at an illegal traveller s encampment in Coventry, by our investigators, following intelligence received from Warwickshire Police in April 2017. From a subsequent investigation, it was discovered that Nottinghamshire Police were also gathering evidence of Morrison working without a licence, at a pub in Sutton in Ashfield.
Morrison was sentenced to 8 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of 500 and a victim surcharge of 115 (to be paid within a fortnight). Pete Easterbrook, our Criminal Investigations Manager said:
As the SIA investigated Morrison, our Investigators found him to be a volatile and aggressive individual. I am of the opinion that had he continued to work in a security related role, it is likely that the public would have been exposed to considerable risk. I am pleased that this risk has now been addressed, and I would like to thank both Nottinghamshire Police and the witnesses in this case for supporting the SIA to secure this conviction.”
This began in April 2017 when Warwickshire Police alerted our West Investigations Team that Morrison was unlicensed, an offence under the PSIA (2001).
Our investigators looked up his licensing history and found that he had a pending application to work in the close protection sector under the name Karl O Brien. He had also asked for an overseas criminality check exemption claiming he lived abroad from 2011-2016. To receive an overseas criminality check exemption, you need to send us a character reference and a signed and sworn oath from an EU registered solicitor to prove there are no criminal convictions for the relevant period. However, when we contacted the Prison Service, they confirmed he had been in prison at various times and resident in the UK during those years. We suspected that Morrison had applied under a different name because his previous offending would have meant he would not be granted an SIA licence.
Morrison failed to send us a character reference or sworn oath and no further action was made to his application. In May 2017, we began the process to prosecute Morrison
Pete Easterbrook, our Criminal Investigations Manager also added:
I share the concern expressed by the court that someone with Karl Morrison s offending history was found working in the security industry. I am satisfied that the sentence imposed in this case reflects the seriousness of the offences he committed. This case serves to highlight that there that there is no place whatsoever within the security industry for those who deliberately undermine the safeguards that regulation provides – those who do can expect to be dealt with robustly.
- 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 CROOKED security van driver is facing jail after his own father discovered he had secretly stolen cash collected from Co-op stores. Andrew Cave, 25, admitted pocketing up to 9,000 from branches he had collected money from. The thefts only came to light when his father discovered collection envelopes containing 3,625 cash in the boot of his son s car.
His company, Coventry-based Security Plus Ltd, and police were then called in and he was arrested. A judge at Warwick Crown Court warned Cave that custody is likely after he had pleaded guilty to the theft and the case was adjourned after the company claimed 11,860 had been taken. The former security guard, of Rectory Close, Exhall, was granted bail for evidence to be obtained on exactly how much he had stolen.
Prosecutor Ian Windridge said Cave had worked as a cash in transit driver for Coventry-based Security Plus Ltd since November 2015, and his job included collecting cash from stores. The last day he had worked for the company was May 27 . Six days later his father discovered two Security Plus packages containing 3,625 in cash in the boot of his son s car. When challenged, Cave admitted taking the money from his employers – who were then informed, along with police.
In interview, Cave admitted that he had collected cash from three Co-op stores in north Warwickshire and Hinckley. He should have scanned the packages of cash, which would have entered them onto the Security Plus system, but instead he had made an excuse to give staff handwritten receipts.
Cave admitted he then kept the cash, which he said came to between 8,000 to 9,000, but Security Plus put the figure at around 11,860. Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: If it is provable by the company, it should be proved.
Plainly Mr Cave wants to know his fate, but his fate may be different under the guidelines if this material is available . It could make a real difference.
David Coyle, defending, said: He accepts whatever figure is established by evidence.
Mr Cave still has the sum of 2,700 in his bank account, and he wants to repay that to the company.
The difficulty is that the police have his bank card, and without that he can t make the transaction. The judge said Cave should be allowed to repay the money in his account before the next hearing . He warned the defendant: All options remain open .
I am making no promises at all .
Custody is likely.
A security guard has been suspended after been caught on camera involved in a violent brawl with a pregnant shoplifter.
Shocking footage emerged of the clash outside the Bullring branch of New Look1 which shows the undercover store detective trying to detain a struggling Katie Adams. During the two minute video, passersby shout in horror at the security guard to let Adams go with one telling him that she s pregnant.
A PCSO soon arrives to try and calm the situation with all parties eventually being moved into the store. Adams, of Wordsworth Road, Small Heath, received a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to the two offences when she appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Now New Look has told the Mail that they have suspended the store detective pending a full investigation.
A New Look spokesperson said: We are deeply shocked by the contents of this video.
The behaviour of the store detective involved is unacceptable and he has been suspended while an investigation is carried out by our security supplier, Lodge Security.
We expect anyone who works for us either as an employee or through a supplier to act professionally and treat people with respect at all times. The video was filmed by an onlooker, who was visiting the city with a friend and their children . She told the Birmingham Mail: It was terrible.