Security company boss fined £1,000 for deploying unlicensed security officers

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Taunton security boss was fined at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court for using unlicensed security guards.

The court fined Peter Blythe, 57, of Taunton £1,000 and required him to pay court costs of £225 and a victim surcharge of £100.

The court also fined PB Facilities Management Ltd £1,000, of which Blythe is sole director, and the company was required to pay £225 in court costs.

The security firm advertised for security operatives who “didn’t need to be licensed.” However, in the UK it is illegal to work in the private security industry without a valid SIA licence.

A police officer from Cumbria Constabulary visited the site on 22 October 2018. Blythe introduced himself as the site’s security guard.

Peter Easterbrook, one of our Criminal Investigation Managers, said:

“SIA licence holders are required to demonstrate that they are fit and proper to undertake roles which require a high degree of trust and responsibility. By virtue of his previous convictions, Peter Blyth was clearly not fit and proper and sought to undermine the purpose of regulation by not only working unlicensed himself, but also by supplying another unlicensed security operative. As the director of a security business, Blythe should have known better, but his actions showed him to be dishonest and more concerned with putting profit before complying with the law. The outcome of this case should serve as a reminder that we will not hesitate to prosecute those who put the public at risk by supplying unlicensed security operatives.