UK investigates ‘fake’ festival security19/07/17Culture
LS Armour Security Ltd is under investigation for allegedly supplying cloned badges to unlicensed stewards at UK festivals this summer.
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) confirmed it was investigating the security organisation based in Barry, Wales, following a compliance check.
SIA said it was “exceptional” for it to comment and had taken “unprecedented action due to public safety”.
In a statement, an SIA spokesman added: ‘This type of unlawful conduct remains rare due to responsible organisers and security providers conducting appropriate due diligence.’
The inspection led to two arrests as well as the seizure of business records, including some relating to future event contracts for security operatives within the UK.
‘Nevertheless, the SIA understands that at this time of year, event organisers and primary contractors may not have sufficient SIA-licensed staff, which can lead to extensive sub-contracting’, the spokesman added. ‘This provides opportunities to rogue providers that, with appropriate checks by organisers and primary contractors, can be largely mitigated.’
In a letter to promoters, the SIA’s deputy director said: ‘If SIA-licensed staff arrive on site and are unknown to you, you must take all reasonable steps to ensure the person named on and in possession of the licence are the same person by requiring them to provider further evidence of identity.
‘This will mitigate the risk of a cloned licence.’