Bouncer at Halifax bar found working illegally

InSPECTOrs checking on security staff found an unlicensed bouncer working illegally at a Halifax bar.

The man was found using somebody else’s licence when a team from the Security Industry Authority visited the unnamed nightspot as part of Operation Regent.

The day of action saw checks carried out on 219 door supervisors, CCTV operators and security guards across 107 West Yorkshire sites.

A total of five unlicensed men were found to be working illegally.

In Huddersfield, an unlicensed CCTV worker was found working at a college, and a door supervisor was found working illegally with someone else’s licence at a winter event. In Bradford, an unlicensed security guard was also found working on an industrial estate and a bouncer was found working illegally with someone else’s licence at a bar.

Two of the men fled from investigators.

All five will be investigated further and the security companies that deployed them will also be spoken to.

A further 25 licensed workers were issued with warnings for breaching licence conditions.

Nine were for failing to display their licence while on duty, 15 were for failing to notify the authority of a change of address and one was for defacing a licence.

Dave Humphries, the director of compliance, intelligence and communication, said it was important to test security workers’ compliance with industry regulations.

“It is encouraging that the majority of those inspected were adhering to the law,” he said.

“Unfortunately there are still those who think it is acceptable to deploy staff or work without licences, or break licence conditions. This puts them at risk of prosecution.

“We will continue our activities to ensure security staff are properly trained and licensed to promote a safe environment for the public.”