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Security staff at London pubs checked as part of Metropolitan Police operation

By Adam Pescod , 17-Dec-2012

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The Security Industry Authority (SIA) found a small number of offences at pubs and clubs across London during the recent Metropolitan Police crackdown Operation Condor.

Security staff: Small number of offences found in London pubs

Security staff: Small number of offences found in London pubs

A total of 20 pubs, clubs and bars were visited with 82 individuals checked as the SIA supported the police on Friday 7 December during the operation, which was aimed at combatting illegal activity in the night-time economy across all London boroughs.

SIA investigators were on the ground or in control rooms to support police teams working in Hackney, Havering, Redbridge and Sutton.

At Kosho Bar in Romford, the police found a man wanted on warrant for a serious assault and the SIA has also raised concerns about a a door supervisor who may have been working unlicensed at a bar in Sutton.

At Elbow Room in Shoreditch, two door supervisors were issued with warnings for breaking SIA licence conditions, because they failed to notify the SIA of a change of their address.

Investigators are also liaising with police in Southwark regarding a doorman found working with a revoked licence.

The SIA and the police are now carrying out on-going enquiries regarding all the issues found and prosecutions may follow.

Dave Humphries, SIA director of compliance, intelligence and communication said: “I’m pleased with the overall levels of compliance found as part of Operation Condor. The majority of security staff were deployed lawfully and we found only small pockets of non-compliance. The Met Police, like the SIA, want to ensure that London’s nightlife is such that the public can feel safe, whilst enjoying themselves in our city.

“I would like to remind businesses that they may only deploy operatives in accordance with the law.  Buyers of security services also need to verify that their security providers are operating within the law. Using unlicensed security operatives can damage your business reputation and potentially leave you vulnerable to criminal charges.”

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