Monthly Archives: August 2012

Poppleston Allen, SIA check for unlicensed Security Staff.

Unlicensed Security Staff

A joint SIA and North Wales Police operation targeted door supervisors, security guards and CCTV operatives across 14 sites in North Wales. The operation acted on intelligence received by the SIA that suggested security companies were deploying unlicensed staff in pubs, clubs and holiday parks in the area.

There were two stages to the operation, with the first one targeting operatives working at sites across Barmouth, Porthmadog, Abergele, Rhyl, Prestatyn and Wrexham. The second operation saw SIA investigators and the police target operatives working in Anglesey. The SIA inspected 39 individuals, 24 of the operatives were found to be holding a valid SIA licence. Twelve individuals were unlicensed. These individuals included directors of security companies, bar managers and security staff.

This operation highlights how intelligence provided to the SIA has resulted in targeted action, with all the individuals found offending are subject to further enquiries and may face prosecution. Meanwhile, in London, SIA investigators supported the Metropolitan Police Service when they carried out checks in the London boroughs of Camd A joint SIA and North Wales Police operation targeted door supervisors, security guards and CCTV operatives across 14 sites in North Wales.

The operation acted on intelligence received by the SIA that suggested security companies were deploying unlicensed staff in pubs, clubs and holiday parks in the area. There were two stages to the operation, with the first one targeting operatives working at sites across Barmouth, Porthmadog, Abergele, Rhyl, Prestatyn and Wrexham.

The second operation saw SIA investigators and the police target operatives working in Anglesey. The SIA inspected 39 individuals, 24 of the operatives were found to be holding a valid SIA licence. Twelve individuals were unlicensed. These individuals included directors of security companies, bar managers and security staff.

This operation highlights how intelligence provided to the SIA has resulted in targeted action, with all the individuals found offending are subject to further enquiries and may face prosecution.

Meanwhile, in London, SIA investigators supported the Metropolitan Police Service when they carried out checks in the London boroughs of Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Under ‘Operation Lolite’ sites visited included licensed premises and popular tourist spots. 43 operatives were inspected and 41 of these held a valid SIA licence. The two unlicensed staff found will now be subject to further investigation. Additionally, a further individual was issued with a warning for failing to notify the SIA of a change of their address.

For more information please contact Nick Walton

There is some charity left in these austere times, many thanks to Nick and Chris Downton

Published on Sunday 19 August 2012 13:11 from the Sussex Express

A FAMILY with a child suffering from cancer were given a new car after a Polegate charity man and his brother helped out after they broke down on holiday.

 

Sarah George and her husband Philip, daughter Ellie, 12, and Tom, aged nine, set off from their home in Haywards Heath for a holiday in St Ives, Cornwall, in July.

The holiday was important for the family since Tom has been undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Mrs George said: “He had been ill in hospital in Brighton the previous week and we had only just got the go-ahead from the doctors to go on holiday and not have any hospital treatment while we were away.”

But after the excited family set off, their car had a problem with the gearbox when they reached Dorchester in Dorset. They were directed to ‘Downton Gifford’ garage and the owner Nick Downton immediately put the car on a ramp to look.

What the family did not know is that Nick Downton is the brother of Chris Downton, chairman of The Children With Cancer Fund (CWCF) charity in Polegate.

Mrs George said: “Nick confirmed our worst fears and said that he would not be able to fix it that day.”

Nick helped the family get a hired car and they set off for St Ives. Philip George mentioned to the receptionist, as they were leaving, that his son suffered from leukaemia.

Later that evening, Nick phoned to say the gearbox replacement would be expensive. But Nick had phoned his brother Chris in Polegate – who then contacted another Sussex children’s cancer charity, Remember Spencer – who agreed to pay for the car repairs. Mrs George said: “We could not believe this kindness.”

When the Georges returned to the garage on July 31 they were told by Nick that the car needed other repairs worth more than the car’s value. The family were wondering how to get home when ‘Nick said something we could hardly believe’, said Mrs George.

She said: “The wonderful people at Remember Spencer had agreed to buy us a replacement car.”

Mr Downton had already found a car from a local car sales site and had it ready in his garage for the family.

Mrs George said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown to us by Nick and Chris Downton, and the team at CWCF.”

Poppleston Allen, Hundreds of prosecutions for pubs viewing the Premier League since 2005, may be unlawful.

Hundreds of prosecutions for pubs viewing the Premier League since 2005, may be unlawful.

Could be interesting times, for the unfortunate publicans who have suffered serious financial loss.

Poppleston Allen

Prosecutions brought by agents for the FA Premier League could run the risk of being unlawful following a High Court ruling released yesterday. Burton J held that a prosecution brought in 2010 by Media Protection Services (‘MPS’) on behalf of the Premier League against Andrew and Christine Crawford, who run the Railway Inn in Frodsham, Cheshire for using a foreign satellite system to broadcast premiership matches was ‘incompetent’ and ‘void’.
The Judge concluded that an MPS Director had acted as a solicitor when he was not authorised to do so, rendering the whole prosecution unlawful.
The ruling may have far – reaching consequences for cases brought on behalf of the Premier League between 2005 and 2011 to preserve its copyright – protected works and its broadcasting rights, even though it did not deal with the substantive arguments themselves. It could mean in theory that many other historic prosecutions brought against Licensees and prepared in the same way could be challenged as unlawful.

For more information please contact: Andy Grimsey

An interesting Quote from History, but highly relevant.

UK Economy

Subject: Quote of the Day

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.”

– Cicero , 55 BC

So, evidently we’ve learned nothing in the past 2,067 years.

If you agree with this quote please send it to your local MP.

Thoughts from the Slaves behind a Bar

Tommy Gaffer Gaffigan, Bar Slave

6:50pm Aug 3

ORDERING DRINKS

Please remember to order one drink at a time. We like to run backwards and forwards. It keeps us fit.

When ordering a round please make sure you don’t know what you want when you arrive at the bar, we like to stand and wait while you nip backwards and forwards or you shout across the room to find out, although we do generally find that the other people standing at the bar have been waiting “half an hour” and may start moaning; not your problem.

Once you have received two drinks please take them back to your table and stay for a quick chat before coming back to pay. We’ll still be waiting, we’re not going anywhere and we’d appreciate the rest.

Always order Guiness last. We really want you to stand at the bar with all your other drinks while it settles and are particularly pleased when we forget about it and have to be reminded to top it up.

Never put the money in our hands, we like to pick it up off the bar, especially if it is all change, and in a puddle of beer.

Never say “please” or “thank you” it only irritates us. Always wait until you have been told how much the round is before asking for crisps, snacks etc. (When requiring ready-salted crisps please ensure you ask for the full range of flavours available before asking for “plain,” it helps us to learn the stock.

When buying a pint for “Bert,” “Tom,” etc, please don’t ask them what they want. Just tell us their name or show us where they are standing because we like to guess and get such a thrill when we get it right.

If, upon arriving at the bar, there are people waiting before you, shout up before them.

We like to be abused by people who think that they have been served out of turn and it’s usually our own fault.

We have the ability to keep track of people as they arrive at the bar, particularly on busy nights, so why not use it.

If you have been waiting at the bar for at least two minutes then please heckle us and tell us that you have been waiting for at least half an hour. It keeps us on our toes and we have no idea of the concept of time.

Can we remind you that the bell is just to make sure you’re awake, we don’t want you to come to the bar for last orders until ten minutes after, when we have turned the lights off.

Don’t forget to drop crisps/peanuts etc on the floor. It gives the place character and we have to keep Rod employed.