The court order follows an earlier guilty plea by Kenden Security Ltd directors Anthony Woods and Bruce Campbell for four offences against the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA). They must pay the sum within three months or Woods will face a six-month jail sentence.
Woods and Campbell were additionally fined £250 and £150 respectively. The company was also fined £250. The directors are required to pay within three months or risk seven days imprisonment. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) brought the prosecutions against the company and its directors, primarily for falsely purporting to be SIA approved contractors.
Between August 2020 and February 2021 Woods, as director of Kenden Security Ltd, promoted the business as an SIA approved contractor. Kenden’s website displayed the ACS logo and stated that the company was approved. In fact, Kenden Security Ltd has never been an SIA approved contractor and neither director was licensed. Woods, who became a director of the company on 31 May 2007, was formerly licensed. His licence expired on 01 May 2020.
Bruce Campbell worked as an unlicensed director of Kenden Security Ltd between 01 January 2018 and 22 September 2020. It’s a requirement under the Private Security Industry Act that security company directors must hold a valid SIA licence.
Between January 2018 until May 2022 Kenden Security Ltd held a security contract for Teesside’s MacMillan Academy.
SIA investigators made a number of attempts to reach Woods seeking a Kenden Security staff list. Kenden’s response was that staff had been furloughed due to the pandemic. Woods told the SIA that due to the pandemic his licence renewal had been overlooked (Campbell never held an SIA licence).
Mark Chapman, the SIA’s Criminal Investigations Manager said:
Woods, as director of Kenden Security deliberately failed to renew his licence while Campbell never had a licence yet they chose to pursue their business interests illegally whilst falsely claiming to be approved contractors. The court has seen fit to recoup more than £6000 in fines and the proceeds of their offending from them. Legitimate approved contractors were potentially denied valuable business by the actions of Woods and Campbell, who skewed the security market during a difficult time. The SIA will continue to seek out and pursue those businesses that illegally promote themselves as being accredited approved contractors.
Notes to editors:
- The offences relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) that are mentioned are:
- Section 3 (Woods) – working without a licence
- Section 16 (a) by way of 23 (Kenden Security)
Section 16 (a) by way of 23 (Woods) - consent, connivance, neglect permitted Kenden Security Ltd to hold themselves out a registered approved contractor when not.
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 is available online.
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”) sets out the legislative scheme for the recovery of criminal assets with criminal confiscation being the most commonly used power. Confiscation occurs after a conviction has taken place.
If a person has a POCA Order against them they have to pay it regardless if they serve a jail sentence.
- The Approved Contractor Scheme is voluntary and exists to raise performance standards. To be an Approved Contractor a business needs to meet a sector-specific approval based on a relevant set of qualifying criteria that is independently assessed.
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. Our 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 visit www.gov.uk/sia. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).