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93% SIA compliance for Tower Hamlets region of London

Security Industry Authority : 23 June, 2009  (Company News)
The SIA has carried out more inspections of door staff operating in Tower Hamlets with resulting high levels of compliance
Door staff working at bars and pubs in Tower Hamlets were inspected on Friday [19 June] as part of an operation by the Security Industry Authority and Tower Hamlets Police to ensure that they were working within licensing regulations.

By law, door staff must hold a front-line SIA licence and display this whilst working. Those who manage, supervise and/or employ door staff must hold a non-front line licence.

32 door staff were inspected and 31 held valid licences, with checks taking place in areas including Canary Wharf, Mile End and Brick Lane.

Police issued an SIA warning to a doorman who was displaying a photocopy instead of his real licence, which he claimed was at home.

A bar owner, who was employing his own door staff, claimed to hold an SIA licence but SIA investigators found no record of any licence in his name. Further enquiries are being made before action is decided.

Christy Hopkins, an SIA Head of Investigation said: "The borough enjoys a vibrant mix of cultures and this is reflected in its night life. 93% compliance is a great result and shows door supervisors recognise licensing requirements.

"However, I must remind door staff and those employing them of their legal responsibilities. Those who do not hold a licence or do not display their licence put themselves at risk of prosecution."

Police Sergeant Jane Burke, Tower Hamlets Police Licensing Unit said: 'This was the first initiative we have undertaken with the Security Industry Authority and we were pleased to find that most of the venues visited complied with SIA regulations. We will continue to work with our partners monitoring and responding to any issues relating to unlicensed door supervisors.'
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