Teesside security bosses ordered to pay £6,000 for breaking private security industry law

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The court order follows an earlier guilty plea by Kenden Security Ltd directors Anthony Woods and Bruce Campbell to four breaches of the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA). They must pay the sum within three months or Woods faces a six-month prison sentence.

Woods and Campbell were also fined £250 and £150 respectively. The company was also fined £250. Administrators are required to pay within three months or face seven days in jail. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) filed suit against the company and its directors, primarily for falsely claiming to be SIA-approved contractors.

Between August 2020 and February 2021, Woods, as director of Kenden Security Ltd, promoted the company as an SIA approved contractor. Kenden’s website displayed the ACS logo and indicated that the company was endorsed. In fact, Kenden Security Ltd has never been an SIA approved contractor and none of the directors have been approved. Woods, who became a director of the company on May 31, 2007, was previously a licensee. His license expired on May 01, 2020.

Bruce Campbell worked as an unlicensed director of Kenden Security Ltd between 1 January 2018 and 22 September 2020. It is a requirement under the Private Security Industry Act that directors of security companies must hold a valid SIA license.

Between January 2018 and May 2022, Kenden Security Ltd held a security contract for MacMillan Academy, Teesside.

SIA investigators made several attempts to reach Woods seeking a list of Kenden Security personnel. Kenden’s response was that the staff had been laid off due to the pandemic. Woods told the SIA that due to the pandemic, his license renewal was skipped (Campbell has never held an SIA license).

Mark Chapman, head of criminal investigations at the SIA, said:

Woods, as director of Kenden Security, deliberately failed to renew his license while Campbell never had a license, but they chose to illegally pursue their business interests while falsely claiming to be licensed contractors. The court saw fit to recover over £6,000 in fines and the proceeds of their offence. Legitimate licensed contractors have potentially been denied valuable business by the actions of Woods and Campbell, which distorted the security market during a tough time. The SIA will continue to seek out and prosecute companies that unlawfully present themselves as Accredited Approved Contractors.

Notes to Editors:

  • The offenses relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) which are mentioned are:
  • Section 3 (Wood) – working without a permit
  • Section 16(a) by way of 23 (Kenden Security)
  • Section 16(a) by way of 23 (Woods) – consent, connivance, negligence allowed Kenden Security Ltd to hold themselves out as a registered licensed contractor when they were not.

  • the Private Security Industry Act 2001 is available online.

  • the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”) establishes the legislative scheme for the recovery of criminal assets, with criminal forfeiture being the most commonly used power. Confiscation takes place after a conviction has taken place.

  • If a person has a POCA order against them, they must pay it whether or not they are serving jail time.

  • The Certified Contractor Program is voluntary and exists to raise performance standards. To be a licensed contractor, a company must meet an industry-specific approval based on a relevant set of independently assessed qualification criteria.

Further 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. Our main tasks are: compulsory licensing of persons undertaking designated activities; and management of the voluntary certified contractor program.

  • For more information on the Security Industry Authority, visit www.gov.uk/sia. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Sector Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).

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