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16 December 2019





Unlicensed Cwmbran security boss pleads guilty


Nicholas Seabrook of Cwmbran pleaded guilty to being an unlicensed security director and failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) on Monday 02 December at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court. He was bailed pending a financial investigation.


Seabrook broke the law as he was an unlicensed director of NPS Security Ltd between 06 August 2018 (when he started the company) and 13 July 2019. During that time he supplied security services to a number of pubs in South Wales including The White Hart, The Hole in the Wall (the Royal Exchange) in Brynmawr, The Carpenters Arms in Newport, The Ferns, the Wine Vaults and The Victoria pub.


The prosecution against Mr Seabrook was brought by the SIA after information was provided by Gwent Police. The SIA sought information from Mr Seabrook which he failed to provide, and when interviewed he admitted that he had been operating his business without a licence.


Nathan Salmon, one of the SIA's criminal investigations managers, said:

"The private security industry is regulated because Parliament has deemed its operatives require licensing, aimed at protecting the public. These regulations are not a barrier for new businesses and the industry continues to grow with new entrants. However the licensing of operatives, and their managers and directors, remains a requirement to trade lawfully. Mr Seabrook was aware he needed to be licensed, a Google search had told him so, yet he continued to trade without making his own licence application. This has now placed his business and assets at risk.


Nicholas Seabrook will be sentenced in the New Year.

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Notes to Editors:

  1. By law, security operatives working under contract must hold and display a valid SIA licence. Information about SIA enforcement and penalties can be found on the website.
  2. The offences relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) that are mentioned in the above news release are as follows:

Section 3working without a licence

Section 19failing to provide information relating to an investigation

The Private Security IndustryAct 2001 is available online via:


  1. The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 ("POCA") sets out the legislative scheme for the recovery of criminal assets with criminal confiscation being the most commonly used power. Confiscation occurs after a conviction has taken place.



Further information:

The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of thePrivate Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA's main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates The SIA is also onFacebook (Security Industry Authority)andTwitter (@SIAuk).



Media enquiriesonlyplease contact:

Security Industry Authority

0300 123 9869




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