James and Jason Battle, of Nationwide Management Services Ltd, also pleaded guilty individually to failing to provide information to Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigators.
James Battle was sentenced in Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates’ Court on September 9 while Jason Battle was sentenced on August 19. One of Battles’ employees, Paul Fry, was also convicted of a guilty plea for working without an SIA license.
Nationwide had supplied Fry in February 2021 to work illegally without a permit on a construction site in Liverpool’s Welsh Streets. The company was ordered to pay costs of Â£ 589.80 on top of the fine of Â£ 50,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 190. The amount must be paid in full within eight months.
Jason Battle did not provide SIA investigators with the information they requested, even though they gave him an extension. This is an offense for which the court fined him a total of Â£ 1,500 and asked him to pay a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 75 plus court costs of Â£ 852. He was given 28 days to pay the full amount. He has a criminal record and his SIA license has been suspended for revocation.
James Battle also failed to provide information to SIA investigators. In addition, he gave them information that turned out to be false. The SIA has established that he acted as a controlling mind of Nationwide Management Services, although he is not a director. He was fined Â£ 3,000 and court costs of Â£ 824.80 plus a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 190. The amount must be paid in full within three months.
Paul Fry had previously failed to respond to SIA interview requests. On September 9, he pleaded guilty to working without a license and was sentenced to a community ordinance with a four-week curfew between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily. He also has to pay court costs of Â£ 300 and a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 95.
The SIA has taken legal action against the three men and the company following several investigations carried out in partnership with Merseyside Police and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
Nathan Salmon, the head of criminal investigations for the SIA, said:
This is a complex criminal case involving a prestigious construction site in Liverpool. This illustrates that we will pursue illegality wherever we find it in the private security industry. Everyone here now has a criminal record and will not be able to work in the industry in the future. This case reminds buyers of security securities to exercise due diligence when identifying a vendor in order to protect valuable sites and assets.
Notes to Editors:
- By law, security guards working under contract must hold and display a valid SIA license. Information on SIA enforcement and penalties can be found at GOV.UK.
- The above-mentioned offenses relating to the Private Security Sector Act (2001) are:
- Paul Fry – 1 x Section 3 (working without a license)
- James Battle – 1 x Section 5 by 23 (deployment of unlicensed guard by consent, connivance or negligence of administrators); 1 x section 22 (providing false information to SIA).
- Nationwide Management Services Ltd – 1 x Section 5 (provision of security without license).
- Jason Battle – 2 x Section 19 (failing to provide information relating to an investigation).
- The Private Security Industry Act 2001 is available online.
More information :
- The Security Industry Authority is the body responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK, reporting to the Home Secretary under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. and the management of the voluntary certified contractors program.
- For more information on the Security Industry Authority, visit www.gov.uk/sia. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).