Unlicensed club doormen probe

DOORMEN from two pubs and clubs in the Express area face prosecution after a police operation discovered they were unlicensed.

Police carried out a series of checks on 52 staff at around 20 licensed premises across the district over the weekend.

Five staff members were found not to be licensed with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and another five were identified as being potentially unlicensed.

Seven door staff were also cautioned for failing to display their SIA badge.

They could now face a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a fine of up to 5,000.

PC Mick Warburton, the force’s licensing officer, said: “We have conducted this operation in partnership with the SIA as part of continuing efforts to give people a safe and enjoyable night out.

“Door staff play a key part in dealing with violent crime and they are an important element of our partnership working. Those who are working unregistered are doing so illegally and can contribute to crime and disorder.

“The Wakefield district already has a number of initiatives in place to combat violent crime and this action should help to reassure the public that the town and city centres are safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

Under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 anyone who is responsible for security, protection, screening the suitability of people entering premises or dealing with conflict in pubs, clubs and other licensed premises open to the public must be licensed and display this when working.

Door supervisors must be registered with the SIA, having successfully achieved a relevant nationally accredited training qualification, passed a criminality check and paid a licence fee.

Lucia Howland, an SIA head of investigation, said: “While the majority of door supervisors at venues were licensed, it is disappointing that some door staff were not.

“We will be taking tough action against these individuals who flout the law. All door staff and their employers need to be licensed by the SIA to be able to work legally.

“We will continue to work with our partners at West Yorkshire Police to ensure that only professional, trained and qualified door staff work at pubs and clubs across the county.”

Police are urging locals to report any potential breaches of the law or conduct of concern associated with door supervisors.

They can either ring their local licensing officer on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.