Ex-of­fi­cer ran un­li­censed se­cu­rity firm

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - LIZ DAY liz.day@waleson­line.co.uk

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.

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