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matt Brachmanski

East London security bosses prosecuted yesterday (22 November) at Snaresbrook Crown Court for supplying unlicensed guards to the iconic Upton Park redevelopment site.

Martin Makesa of Bettons Park and sole director of London Guard Security Ltd and Emily Kamau of Stratford (former company director) were found guilty for offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

They each received three months’ imprisonment (suspended for 18 months) and are required to do 80 hours’ unpaid work.

They were each ordered to pay £2,000 and were disqualified from holding company directorships for five years. They are required to pay a victim surcharge of £115 each and, Makesa’s company London Guard Security Limited was ordered to pay £12,134 within 12 months.

Judge Southern said: “Parliament has seen the need to put in place a regulatory framework to ensure that only those who have been properly trained and assessed as competent and suitable are deployed to work as security guards. You had deliberate disregard of these requirements was being pursued by you for personal financial gain.”

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