Security directors admit breaking the law in Rotherham

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Two directors of a security firm in Rotherham have admitted 38 private security offences.

Using security company names Dragon Security Solutions and Goodfellas Nightspot Barnsley, they supplied unlicensed security guards to customers in South Yorkshire over a nine month period.

Rotherham magistrates were told the unlicensed security guards were not trained or vetted, and could have posed a threat to the customers they were supposed to be protecting.

Ian Lindsay, aged 48, of Market Street, Rotherham and Martyn Cook, 56, of Philip Avenue, Nuthall, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to working as unlicensed security directors and supplying unlicensed security operatives.

Lindsay also admitted failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority, which licences security workers.

Both Lindsay and Cook pleaded guilty to supplying unlicensed security operatives under the names of Dragon Security Solutions Ltd and Goodfellas Nightspot Barnsley Ltd.

Nathan Salmon, of the Security Industry Authority, said: “The SIA received intelligence to suggest Dragon Security was supplying unlicensed operatives to unsuspecting customers. When we sought information about Dragon Security it became clear that neither Lindsay nor Cook was licensed to run a security company.

“Dragon Security was dissolved, and another company, Goodfellas Nightspot Barnsley, run by Lindsay and Cook, continued to provide security operatives to Dragon Security’s customers.

“The SIA has removed these two from the security industry.”

They will be sentenced in October.