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Security Boss is First Director to be Found Guilty of Operating Without SIA Licence

Jeremy Bailey, 30, director of Barons Security Ltd based in Basingstoke, is the first person to be found guilty of working as a director of a security company without holding a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.

Bailey was interviewed by Hampshire Constabulary in February on suspicion of running a security company without an SIA licence. Appearing at Andover Magistrates Court yesterday, Bailey was found guilty and was sentenced to pay £1000 fine and £385 costs.

Rachel Main, SIA Head of Investigation for the South East said:

"Directors, managers and supervisors of security companies are required to hold an SIA licence. Bailey ran a security company providing door supervisors to venues in the South East but failed to get licensed. The sentence handed to Bailey demonstrates the importance the law places on ensuring public safety, consistency and accountability in the private security industry. I would urge all directors and managers of security companies to ensure they comply with the legislation."

Olga Venner, Licensing Sergeant, Basingstoke Police said:

"The police in Basingstoke feel that working with door staff improves the feeling of safety in the town and therefore we need the door staff companies to be professional and legal.

It is important that licensed premises check the door staff company they use is fully compliant with the law before they hire them. Some local authorities may take the view that failure to do so may affect their licence under the new Licensing Act 2003."

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