Two security firm directors have been given suspended jail terms for supplying unlicensed doormen to nightspots across South Yorkshire over a nine-month period.
Ian Lindsay, aged 48, and Martyn Cook, 56, were both sentenced at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard Lindsay set up his security firm after being released from prison.
The pair used companies Dragon Security Solutions and Goodfellas Nightspot Barnsley to supply unlicensed security guards to unsuspecting customers.
They admitted a total of 29 offences.
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Neither held the required Security Industry Authority licences needed to work in private security.
Lindsay, of Market Street, Rotherham, was given a four-month jail term suspended for two years for supplying unlicensed guards, and for working as an unlicensed director.
He was also disqualified as a company director for three-and-a-half years.
Cook was given a two-month jail term for the same offences and told to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was also disqualified as a company director for the same length of time.
Recorder David Wilby QC said Lindsay started providing security services after his release from prison and it was ‘inconceivable’ he did not know that he needed a licence.
Cook, of Nuthall, Nottingham, should have made enquiries into whether he needed one too.
Mr Wilby said: “The purpose of the regulations is that there is a second line of security to ensure those who deal with the public are safe to do so.”
SIA investigations manager, Nathan Salmon, said: “These strong sentences reflect the seriousness of the offending by these two directors.
“I am pleased the court recognises the SIA’s role in protecting the public.”
Work is now being carried out to seize any money the men gained from their offending.