Security Boss and Company fined for Supplying Unlicensed Security Guard 24 Times

A West Yorkshire security firm – 2 B Secure Ltd – was fined £10,000 at Leeds Magistrates’ Court and required to pay costs of £778.40 as well as a victim surcharge of £181.2 B Secure will have to pay the full amount within 28 days.

2 B Secure Ltd supplied an unlicensed security guard, Steven Hare, on 24 occasions between 7 December 2018 and 14 February 2019 to the Leeds venues Baracoa, the Rosse and the Bierkeller.

Haidar Mumtaz, of Keighley, was a director of the company when he supplied  Hare’s services but resigned his directorship of 2 B Secure on 17 May 2019. The company then installed two new directors, Mark Bateson and Andrew Brennan who resigned following pursuit by SIA investigators. Brennan was reappointed to 2 B Secure on 06 November 2019.

We brought this prosecution following our successful prosecutions of Steven Hare in September and Haidar Mumtaz, a former director of 2 B Secure, in November. We investigated Mumtaz following information from West Yorkshire Police.

Pete Easterbrook, one of our Criminal Investigation Managers said: “The severity of the fine 2 B Secure Ltd has incurred reflects the poor conduct displayed by the former directors of the company. All of whom sought to avoid the consequences of their actions by resigning at various stages during this investigation. These actions were designed to limit the ability of the SIA to prosecute the company – this approach was ill-judged and quite clearly did not have the desired effect. This prosecution should act as a reminder that the consequences of supplying unlicensed security operatives are serious and we will always take appropriate action where regulation is undermined and the public are put at risk.  

2 B Secure supplies security services to 14 venues throughout West Yorkshire, and employs 60 licensed door supervisors.

Leeds security boss and unlicensed doorman found guilty

The director of a security firm has pleaded guilty to repeatedly deploying an unlicensed doorman to venues around Leeds.

Haidar Mumtaz, a former director of 2 B Secure from Keighley, sent Steven Hare from Bradford to work as security at the Baracoa, the Rosse, and the Bierkeller in Leeds on no fewer than 24 occasions between December 2018 and February 2019. Hare was not properly licensed at the time, and as a result we prosecuted them.

Mumtaz also neglected to inform us that in February 2019 he had been charged with a number of offences relevant to his own status as an SIA licence holder. This duty to report is a condition of the licence, and failure to do so is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Mumtaz was ordered by Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 07 November to undertake 120 hours of unpaid community service, to be completed in 12 months. He must also pay costs of £633, plus a victim surcharge of £90.

Hare, who appeared before the magistrates on 30 September, was fined £80.  The court also ordered him to pay costs of £629.33, plus a victim surcharge of £30.

Pete Easterbrook, of our Criminal Investigation Team, said:

“The court rightly took the view that unlicensed and unregulated security staff are a significant risk to the public. Both Mumtaz and Hare, as employer and employee, had a responsibility to ensure that licensable activity was taking place in accordance with the law. They failed in that duty. Mumtaz also committed a clear breach of the conditions of his licence by failing to inform us that he had been charged with relevant offences earlier this year. This came to light due to a routine formal disclosure to us by West Yorkshire Police. Licence holders in a similar position are reminded that they are required to notify the SIA of any charge or conviction obtained whilst they are licensed. We will always consider the circumstance of any notification in line with our published approach, however failing to notify the SIA at all is a criminal offence and one which we will treat seriously.

Hare had been issued with a Licence Dispensation Notice (LDN) by an SIA Approved Contractor. We authorise approved contractors to issue an LDN in order to deploy security staff while their licence application is being processed. An LDN is not transferable, and therefore Hare was committing an offence by working for a company other than an approved contractor who issued him with the LDN whilst he did not hold a full licence.