Aylesbury company director sued over unlicensed security at Isle of Wight festival

Ratu Baleidraulu, director of Islanders Protection Security Services Ltd, was fined £300, ordered to pay £1,624 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £34. The company was also fined £250, ordered to pay £800 in court costs and another victim surcharge of £34. The lawsuit was brought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and follows an investigation into the attempted use of a counterfeit license at the Isle of Wight festival.

The festival ran from September 16-19, 2021 and its main security contractor, Main Event Security Services, an SIA-certified contractor, brought in multiple contractors to provide additional security. On September 15, Main Event Security Services Ltd were carrying out checks to ensure that deployed security guards were legally authorized to work at the festival. During this process, they discovered a counterfeit license. The permit was valid but did not belong to the man attempting to use it. the man presented a valid license with an image of himself. Checks revealed that the license was valid but belonged to someone else and the company concluded that the license was counterfeit. The permit was withheld and the unknown was escorted off site. Later that day, a regional SIA investigator performed a routine inspection and Main Event Security handed them the counterfeit license.

The matter was referred to the SIA Criminal Investigation Team who opened an investigation and the license was confirmed to be counterfeit. Main Event Security Services Ltd provided the SIA Criminal Investigation Team with information confirming that Islanders Protection Security Services Ltd was responsible for the deployment of the unknown man carrying the forged permit.

Baleidraulu then failed to provide the required information to the SIA when asked and legal action was taken against him and his company Islanders Protection Security Services Ltd. The person who held the legitimate license confirmed that he had not worked at the Isle of Wight festival.

Mark Chapman, head of criminal investigations at the SIA, said:

Protecting the public at large-scale festivals is paramount. Main Event Security Services Ltd have done exactly what is expected of a licensed contractor, identifying and rejecting a suspicious license through sound due diligence. Islander Security put the public at risk by providing a person who was not fit and proper and had not completed the required training to protect the public. Baleidraulu has now had his close protection license suspended and he and his company faced significant fines and criminal records. He was also not a director of a company for long and was prosecuted.

As part of its commitment to support public safety at festivals and events, the SIA has released updated guidelines to ensure that those providing security services at events comply with the law. Throughout the summer, the SIA will also be releasing additional information and guidance to support security officers in carrying out their duties at these events. SIA has posted advice here. Please read our latest festival safety blog.

Notes to editors:

The offenses relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) which are mentioned above are as follows:

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 is available online via: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2001/12/contents

By law, security guards working under contract must hold and display a valid SIA license. Information on SIA enforcement and penalties is available on the website.

The offense relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) referred to above is as follows:

Information on SIA enforcement and penalties can be found on GOV.UK.

Further information :

  • The Security Industry Authority is the body responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK, reporting to the Home Secretary under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our main functions are: compulsory licensing of persons undertaking designated activities; and management of the voluntary certified contractor program.

  • For more information on the Security Industry Authority, visit www.gov.uk/sia. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).