Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rogue security guards raided in Glasgow

Rogue security guards have been discovered during raids on Glasgow construction sites, including the site of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

As part of a crackdown on security firms with links to organised crime, police raided 111 security sites in Glasgow including the Games site in recent weeks.

Almost 40 guards were reported to police for security offences and 8 busted for immigration offences.

Police stressed no arrests were made on the Games site.

In the past 12 months the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has launched a tough attack on rogue security firms, after it emerged the firms were demanding contractors on construction sites hire their services “or else”.

Strathclyde police’s detective inspector Andy Lawson said the raids had disrupted some serious crime networks operating in Glasgow.


Rogue security guards raided in Glasgow


“Over the past few weeks we have targeted and disrupted the activities of a number of organised and serious crime networks,” he said.

“Working together with our partner agencies and sharing intelligence yields results and we will continue to work together and maintain the focus on these serious and organised criminals, disrupting and detecting their illegal activities.”

SIA investigation boss Christy Hopkins said the regular raids were essential to allowing construction work in Glasgow to prosper.

“There is a wealth of regeneration in Strathclyde with the 2014 Commonwealth Games, so it is imperative that security companies and their employees are trained, vetted and SIA licensed,” he said.

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