SIA satisfied by results of London-wide compliance operation

Security-Industry-Authority-LogoThe Security Industry Authority (SIA) has supported a Metropolitan Police operation to crack down on unlicensed door staff at pubs and clubs.

Investigators from the SIA were involved in the latest instalment of Operation Condor. Officers were deployed across London boroughs and inspected more than 50 door supervisors as part of a bid to crack down on licensing issues.

The inspection took place in 11 venues across the boroughs of Ealing, Lambeth and Westminster. A total of 58 door supervisors were checked and, of those inspected, 57 were holding a valid SIA licence and working legally.

Just one individual was found to be working without a licence at a bar in Ealing and enquiries are on-going.

SIA head of investigation Jacquie Parker said: “This is the first phase of the 2013 Operation Condor, which is aimed at combating illegal activity in the night time economy across all London boroughs. We are pleased with the overall results.

“Although investigations are on-going into one door supervisor, the results show that security operatives and those employing them are adhering to the law. We will continue to carry out our partnership work with the Metropolitan Police, in order to ensure public safety.”

During April, SIA investigators and Bedford Borough Council carried out checks on door staff across 12 venues in Bedford town centre. A total of 53 door supervisors were inspected and all were found to have valid SIA licences.

However, five warnings were issued for failure to notify the SIA of a change of address, which is a breach of licencing conditions.

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