Derbyshire company director fined for breach of security license

On Monday October 18, Mark Longden of the High Peaks area pleaded guilty to a criminal offense in Derby Magistrates’ Court for failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) when he was told been requested. The court fined Longden £ 200. He also has to pay £ 500 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £ 34.60. The SIA has launched a lawsuit, which came after Longden failed to appear in court in May when a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Longden, whose SIA license is currently suspended, is a director of Nighthawk SEC @ Solu Ltd. SIA investigators approached him in December 2020 to get information about a fellow company director. He did not contact the SIA for several reasons, one being that he had moved and had not informed the SIA of his new address. Notifying the SIA of a change of address is a condition for holding a SIA authorization.

When SIA investigators located Mr. Longden at another address and served another formal request for information, he again failed to contact them. That left the SIA with no choice but to prosecute him.

Jen Hart, one of the SIA’s criminal investigators, said:

Mr Longden now has a criminal record for committing an indictable offense for failing to provide information when we formally requested it and also for violating the conditions of his license.

Notes to Editors:

More information :

On each license renewal, someone will be notified of the license renewal / grant and will receive a copy of the SIA license conditions that each license holder is required to adhere to, with some exceptions. The conditions stipulate that the holder must:

  1. Display the license where it can be seen at all times when you engage in any designated licensed activity, unless it has been reported as lost or stolen, or is in our possession (an exemption s ‘applies in some roles).
  2. Notify the SIA and the police if their license is lost or stolen.
  3. Inform the SIA of any convictions, cautions or warnings, or charges for relevant offenses, whether committed in the UK or abroad.
  4. Notify the SIA if a public body is investigating them for a relevant violation
  5. Inform the SIA of any change of name and / or address.
  6. Do not degrade or modify the license in any way (if the license is damaged, the license holder must notify the SIA and request a replacement).
  7. Do not display a license that has been degraded or modified in any way.
  8. Produce the inspection permit at the request of any police officer, any member or employee of the SIA or any other person authorized by the SIA.
  9. Return the license to the SIA if the license holder is instructed to do so.
  10. Notify the SIA of any changes in the license holder’s right to stay or work in the UK.
  11. Where the SIA has granted the license on the basis of a rating or license acquired outside the United Kingdom: inform the SIA of any change in the validity of that rating or license; inform the SIA of any disciplinary action taken or proposed against you in connection with this qualification or license.

The license terms are clearly displayed on GOV.UK, which is available to the public, and are listed in Get Licensed, which is also readily available.

More 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. and the management of the voluntary certified contractors program.
  • For more information on the Security Industry Authority, visit www.gov.uk/sia. The SIA is also present on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).