Family-run Portsmouth security company fined for supplying unlicensed security

On Tuesday 1 June, the company’s operations manager, Ashley O’Brien, appearing on behalf of her father’s business Standeasy Security Ltd pleaded guilty to employing two unlicensed people. The company was fined £220, required to pay court costs of £625 and a victim surcharge of £32.

On 16 March 2021, Steven Price of Portsmouth, was convicted (in his absence) at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court for working as unlicensed security between 1 October 2019 and 18 May 2020. He was supplied to a customer 44 times between 1 March 2020 and 18 May 2020. The court ordered Steven Price to pay a fine of £220, required him to pay costs of £625 and a victim surcharge of £32. Following his conviction, Price’s licence was revoked, and he now has a criminal record.

Another man, Lee Martin of Fareham worked unlicensed at the site for Standeasy 109 times between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2020. He was convicted at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on 1 June 2021 and he was fined £1,000, required to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £100. He will also have a criminal record and his licence has been revoked.

Nathan Salmon, our SIA’s criminal investigation manager said:

Standeasy Security Ltd has carried out 173 shifts of unlicensed security for the premises. The site is sensitive, and the unlicensed security provision put the site at additional risk. The contract between the premises and Standeasy Security Ltd specifically stated that security provided would include licensed staff. Standeasy Security Ltd have failed their client and the community it serves.

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