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Investigation into ‘fake security’ at UK music festivals begins

A large security firm is under investigation for allegedly creating and supplying cloned passes to unlicensed stewards for UK festivals this summer.

Now we all know the extreme lengths people will go to in order to get tickets to a sold out festival, simply hopping over the fence isn’t really a viable option anymore – have you seen the size of those things?

Lee Szuchnik, of Barry-based LS Armour Security (the firm that is under investigation), has previously advertised for security at high-profile festivals which includes Glastonbury and the Liverpool International Music Festival.

In a statement, an SIA spokesman said: “This type of unlawful conduct remains rare due to responsible organisers and security providers conducting appropriate due diligence.

“Nevertheless, the SIA understands that at this time of year, event organisers and primary contractors may not have sufficient SIA-licensed staff, which can lead to extensive sub-contracting.

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“This provides opportunities to rogue providers that, with appropriate checks by organisers and primary contractors, can be largely mitigated.”

In a letter to promoters, the SIA’s deputy director said: “If SIA-licensed staff arrive on site and are unknown to you, you must take all reasonable steps to ensure the person named on and in possession of the licence are the same person by requiring them to provide further evidence of identity.

“This will mitigate the risk of the cloned licence.”

LS Armour Security was founded by Szuchnik and Peter Valaitis.

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