Taunton company director sentenced for providing unlicensed security

Dean Parkinson of Taunton, director of Palladis Security Services Ltd, was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, by Oxford Magistrates’ Court on March 17, 2021.

On October 2, 2020, Parkinson pleaded guilty to running an unlicensed security company, working without a license, and deploying unlicensed gate supervisors.

Parkinson also had to pay a contribution of £1,200 towards legal costs plus £122 as a victim surcharge. Palladis Security Services Ltd was conditionally released for 2 years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £21.

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) sued Parkinson after he provided unlawful security services at a Christmas and birthday party for 400 under-18s on December 20, 2019 in Somerton, Somerset. The party caused a disturbance and police from Avon and Somerset attended the scene. Police spoke to the party organizer, who confirmed he appointed Dean Parkinson and Palladis Security to provide security.

When police questioned Parkinson, he did not present a valid permit for himself or the four other security guards deployed for the event. When SIA investigators took over the case, Parkinson repeatedly refused to provide them with the details they needed.

At sentencing, magistrates ruled that Parkinson’s behavior was deliberate and dishonest and that he had endangered vulnerable young people by using unlicensed and untrained security guards. In handing down the sentence, the magistrates made it clear that they would have sent Parkinson to prison because of the seriousness of his offense had it not been for the fact that he was caring for his 6 children.

Nathan Salmon, head of criminal investigations at the SIA, said:

The licensing regime is there to protect the public. Parkinson and company falsely claimed to be a legitimate security vendor. He sought to avoid prosecution by ignoring the SIA.

This unlicensed corporate director deployed unlicensed, and presumably untrained and unsupervised, people to an event where many young people were present. This could have compromised the safety of those present and led to the call of the police, draining local resources.

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