Bournemouth company director prosecuted for providing unlawful security at sports bar

Company director Terence Macartney, of Wareham, pleaded guilty and was fined £415. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £1,529 plus a victim fine surcharge of £42. A guilty plea has also been entered for Macartney’s firm, Maxim Security Ltd. The company was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of £1,529 plus a victim fine surcharge of £100. A Maxim official has pleaded not guilty to providing unlawful security and has elected to face trial in Crown court.

On December 10 last year, Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigators, accompanied by Dorset Police licensing officers, visited a sports bar in Bournemouth during routine licensing inspections. They found two men working as gate attendants, one of whom proved to be duly licensed by the SIA. The second man did not have a license and denied that he worked as a door monitor. He has pleaded not guilty and will appear again at Poole Magistrates’ Court in January 2023 for a trial hearing.

SIA investigators checked the signature book, which revealed the man had also previously worked at the site on October 15 and 16. The site owner confirmed to SIA investigators that Maxim Security Ltd was their security provider.

On May 16, 2022, SIA investigators interviewed Terence Macartney on bail. He confirmed that as director of Maxim he had overall responsibility for the provision of security. On August 25, Terence Macartney resigned as director of the company.

Mark Chapman, one of the SIA’s criminal investigations officers, said:

Maxim Security and its director Terence Macartney were prosecuted and received a heavy sentence. Mr Macartney was handed a criminal record and his company was fined, leading to damage to his reputation. The role of the SIA licensing regime is to keep people safe, and this is particularly important as we approach the festive season when bars and clubs are busier. The public must be assured that the security guards appointed to protect them are properly trained, qualified and authorized to do so.

Notes to editors:

  • By law, security guards working under contract must hold and display a valid SIA license
  • Learn more about SIA enforcement and penalties
  • The offenses relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) which are mentioned above are as follows:
    • Maxim Security Ltd: Section 5 – deployment of unlicensed guards
    • Terence Anthony Macartney: Section 5 via Section 23 – deployment of unlicensed guards

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. the voluntary certified contractor program.
  • For more information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates, visit: www.gov.uk/sia. The SIA is also on LinkedIn Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (@SIAuk).