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SPE­CIAL IN­VES­TI­GA­TION: Jailed dealer guards site of £22m show­case sta­dium

Daily Record - - News - By DEREK ALEXAN­DER and RUS­SELL FIND­LAY

A SE­CU­RITY firm run by a drug dealer have won a lu­cra­tive con­tract pro­tect­ing Scot­land’s big­gest Com­mon­wealth Games build­ing project.

Crime clan mem­ber David Faulds is rak­ing in a for­tune in tax­pay­ers’ cash as the boss of Gard Se­cu­rity.

His firm pro­tect the site of what will be one of the Games’ flag­ship sta­di­ums.

Fauld’s se­cu­rity firm guard the 2014 Games’ flag­ship Na­tional In­door Arena and Na­tional Velo­drome.

Work on the £22mil­lion com­plex – op­po­site Celtic Park in Glas­gow’s East End – starts within months.

Ri­val se­cu­rity firm P&B Con­tracts Ltd – run by crim­i­nals Lewis “Scooby” Rod­den and Jim Black – tried to take over the site in a failed turf war.

Their plac­ards are still on the site’s perime­ter fence be­side Gard’s mis­spelled signs.

Gard won the con­tract de­spite Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Kenny MacAskill’s vow that rogue firms would not cash in on the Games.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil say the to­tal cost of in­vest­ment for 2014 will be no more than £288mil­lion.

Most of the fund­ing is be­ing met by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Last night, a source said: “ This very lu­cra­tive con­tract has been handed to Gard Se­cu­rity on a plate.

“It makes a joke of the Gov­ern­ment’s claims that se­cu­rity firms run by crim­i­nals won’t ben­e­fit.

Mur­der

“Faulds will be fill­ing his pock­ets with tax­pay­ers’ cash and laugh­ing all the way to the bank.

“The site is huge and it’s likely to be a long-term con­tract.

“It’s boom time, just like al­ways, for the Faulds fam­ily.

“They have ruled the Bridgeton area for at least two gen­er­a­tions. So many of them have bro­ken the law, they could have had their own court­room.”

Mercedes-driv­ing David Faulds, 59, was con­victed of drug deal­ing at the High Court in Glas­gow in 1986 and sen­tenced to 30 months in prison. Fauld’s con­vic­tions in­clude car theft. Brother Robert, 58, co-di­rec­tor in an­other firm, also has a se­ries of con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing 12 months for shoplift­ing in 1984.

He was charged with the mur­der of busi­ness­man Jeff Monk, who was shot in a botched rob­bery in 1990. The charges were later dropped. Two other men Fred Jones and David Collins, were con­victed of the killing.

The Faulds’ pre­vi­ous se­cu­rity firm, Dart Se­cu­rity Ltd, went bust in Oc­to­ber af­ter HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms took ac­tion at

Glas­gow Sher­iff Court over their debts. Both men were direc­tors of Dart but only David is listed at Com­pa­nies House as a di­rec­tor of Gard. They are both direc­tors of East End Se­cu­rity Ltd.

They are li­censed to run se­cu­rity firms by the Se­cu­rity In­dus­try Author­ity.

Bosses granted it be­cause their most re­cent con­vic­tions were 20 years ago.

The Faulds’ cousin is Ge­orge Red­mond, Labour coun­cil­lor for Glas­gow’s Cal­ton area.

Last night, Red­mond said: “I’m not in­volved in se­cu­rity but I know that there is trans­parency on the is­sue.

“We have an or­gan­i­sa­tion to make sure se­cu­rity firms are reg­u­lated and li­censed.”

A Sun­day Mail in­ves­ti­ga­tor had ear­lier posed as a con­trac­tor and asked Red­mond about Gard.

He said: “I wouldn’t vouch for any com­pany. I know City Build­ing use them, I’ve seen their signs up lo­cally.”

Asked if he knew the Faulds, he said: “I could have met them, I don’t know. That’s what I’m say­ing to you.”

Glas­gow City Coun­cil said: “It’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the con­trac­tor to se­cure the site.”

The site is be­ing cleared for de­vel­op­ment by Perth-based firm I&H Brown, who de­clined to com­ment.

David Faulds de­nied he had a crim­i­nal record. He said: “Th­ese al­le­ga­tions are un­true – you have the wrong man.”

On track to rake in cash: David Faulds, left, runs Gard, whose mis­spelled signs are on dis­play at the site, above. Rod­den, top right, is boss of a ri­val firm who failed to mus­cle in

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