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Door director in court

A Northamptonshire security director has been ordered to pay £2,400 and sentenced to a 250-hour community punishment order after pleading guilty of working illegally.

Ian Matthew Taylor, 40, ran Shadow Protection Services Ltd, supplying door staff to venues in the Wellingborough area.

In September 2010, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) was passed intelligence about Shadow Protection Services Ltd. Investigators had determined that Taylor had illegally supplied an unlicensed door supervisor to Rafferty’s and The Kingfisher, in Wellingborough, between December 2010 and November 2011.

Yet neither of them held a valid SIA licence. Investigators gathered evidence including signing in sheets, which indicated that, both Taylor and the door supervisor, had been working illegally. In interview, Taylor, denied working after his licence had expired in May 2009. He also denied being involved in the running of the business, a claim contradicted by witnesses.

At Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court on March 19, Taylor, of High Street, Wellingborough, Northampton, pleaded guilty of using and working as an unlicensed security operative.

Taylor was sentenced to a 12 month community punishment order when he is to do 250 hours of unpaid work. Taylor was also ordered to pay £2,400 towards prosecution costs.

SIA Head of Investigation, Nathan Salmon said after the case: “Door supervisor licensing exists to protect the public from harm, ensuring that only suitable and vetted individuals undertake this valuable role.

“This prosecution highlights the significance the courts place on only correctly licensed individuals working in the industry. It identifies that those supplying unlicensed operatives present a risk not only to the public, but also to the livelihood of the licensees engaging their services. “

Shadow Protection Services Ltd has is no longer operating.


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