Ex-officer ran unlicensed security firm
A FORMER police officer made a substantial turnover running a private security business despite losing his licence after being convicted of a public order offence.
Billy Jones, who used to work for the British Transport Police, turned over more than £800,000 operating as BJ Securities during a 16-month period in which his licence was revoked.
Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court, his defence counsel Edward Mitchard conceded it was a “serious regulatory offence”.
The court heard Jones set up his company in 1996 and renewed his door supervisor licence five times.
In September 2015, he was convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. He was given a 12-month community order and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
Alun Williams, prosecuting, said his licence was suspended as a result and then revoked. He reapplied a year later, but was told the licence would be refused.
An investigation was undertaken by the Security Industry Authority – the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry.
In interview, Jones admitted he was the company director and had been operating without a licence.
He provided invoices showing the company had turned over more than £800,000 during that period.
Jones, 63, from Church Road in Tonteg, Pontypridd, pleaded guilty in the magistrates’ court to operating without a licence – an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Jones was given a 12week jail term, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work. There will be a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act on April 20.