A SECURITY boss has found himself barred from ever working in the industry again after failing to do basic checks on his staff.

Muhammed Islam’s failure to ensure those he was hiring were fully qualified resulted in unlicensed doormen working in bars and clubs in Accrington.

In September, Islam, from Accrington, pleaded guilty to failing to check the Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence of his employee Sam Gould.

Officers from the SIA were made aware of Mr Gould’s position after a tip-off over Christmas of 2019.

A spokesman for the body said: “It is illegal for a door supervisor to work without an SIA licence, as they work in roles that protect the public. However, Islam hired Gould without checking that he was properly licensed.

“Towards the end of last year, the SIA were investigating several cases relating to unlicensed security operatives in Accrington over the Christmas and New Year period.

After receiving a tip-off, SIA investigators carried out a licensing check and found Sam Gould working without a licence at the Nag’s Head, Accrington.

“The SIA discovered that Gould was working for Spartan K9, the company owned by Islam - who held the security contract at the venue.

“Investigators made a formal request for information from Islam, but he did not respond. Islam was then invited to an interview in January 2020, at which he admitted that he failed to do due diligence and check whether Gould was licensed. He also admitted that he had no excuse for not providing the information the SIA had asked for.”

Islam pleaded guilty and the court fined him £120 for supplying an unlicensed door supervisor. He was also ordered to pay costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £32.

One of the SIA’s Criminal Investigations Managers, Pete Easterbrook said: “There is no excuse for not doing your due diligence. Security operatives protect the public and the SIA licence gives assurance that someone is ‘fit and proper’. By failing to check Gould’s licence Islam undermined this public confidence.

“Although Muhammad Islam did not receive a large fine, he can no longer work in the private security industry.”