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01 October 2020

AN ABSENTEE landlord living between Libya and Portsmouth left vulnerable people residing in a “fire trap” property, a Liverpool City Council report reveals. Complete details of the incident, which happened back in 2016, have now been published in a fulsome document outlining the diligent and vital work of Liverpool City Council’s enforcement teams in the private rented sector.

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01 October 2020

In an exclusive interview for Fire Safety Matters, Western Business Media’s CEO Mark Sennett chats with Paul Pope (Group business development director at Global Fire Equipment and also a director of the Fire Industry Association) and Mike Tobin (chair of the Independent Fire Engineering and Distributors Association) about the current ‘State of the Nation’ in the UK’s fire industry. The impact of COVID-19, the overriding need for competency and the likely effects of Brexit are very much under the microscope

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30 September 2020

NEW LEGISLATION which underpins the work of MI5, the police service and other public authorities tackling serious crimes has been introduced to Parliament. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill provides a clear and consistent statutory basis for a limited number of public authorities to continue to authorise participation in criminality in carefully managed circumstances.

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30 September 2020

DIGITAL DEVICES like smart doorbells, dashcam footage, car GPS systems and even Amazon Alexa are providing increasingly more evidence in criminal trials, the Director of Public Prosecutions has revealed.

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30 September 2020

SIR KEITH Povey QPM, former Chief Inspector of Constabulary, is to chair the Taming Aggression Group (T.A.G). A newly-formed technical Think Tank, T.A.G aims to investigate the use of new technologies that can be adapted to deter instances of violence and criminal disorder in society.

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30 September 2020

FREEDOM OF Information requests submitted by IT security specialist Apricorn to 17 Government departments relating to the security of devices held by public sector employees indicate that those departments have lost (or have had stolen) more than 1,000 devices in the past year.

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30 September 2020

POLICE WILL struggle to cope with the extra demands placed on them as tougher COVID-19 restrictions come into force, the Police Federation of England and Wales has warned.

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30 September 2020

LLOYD IRWIN has been sentenced at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court after he admitted working illegally as security at the Berkley Club in Accrington. Irwin, a former director of Hunter Irwin Security Specialists Ltd, appeared before the court via video link on Wednesday 2 September.

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28 September 2020

IN LAUNCHING Fire Door Safety Week 2020 (which runs from Monday 21 September until Sunday 27 September), the campaign organisers have shared the results of research into the state of fire door maintenance, inspection and replacement programmes across local authority-owned and managed housing in the UK. Unfortunately, the results don’t make for particularly pretty reading.

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28 September 2020

THE ROYAL Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s Call for Evidence as scrutiny of the draft Building Safety Bill begins. While the RIBA welcomes the intention of the Bill to provide long-overdue power to amend the Building Regulations – including requiring building safety ‘duties’ to be carried out on all projects – the organisation harbours “fundamental concerns” about the delegation of duties and scope of the future regulatory system.

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28 September 2020

THE INTERNAL Market Bill seeks to remove and prevent trade barriers between the four UK nations. In doing so, it aims to legislate that goods approved for use in one part of the UK will be able to be used in other parts of the UK without restriction.

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28 September 2020

PROFAB ACCESS, the designer and manufacturer of riser doors and access panel solutions for ceilings, walls and partitions, is raising awareness of the importance of compliant fire testing and certification as part of Fire Door Safety Week 2020.

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28 September 2020

INPUT TO the pre-legislative scrutiny for the draft Building Safety Bill by the Select Committee closed on Monday 14 September. According to the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), the document heralds “long-awaited and welcome reform” that focuses on higher-risk buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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28 September 2020

FIRE SAFETY has always been a well-documented subject, with various experts and regulatory bodies sharing key insights that save lives. Despite this, practical knowledge can sometimes be overshadowed by false information and myths. Here, Karen Trigg investigates some common myths and outlines the correct way in which to handle the discipline of fire safety.

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23 September 2020

THE SECURITY Industry Authority (SIA) has announced the results of its review of licence-linked qualifications. The regulator reviews the licence-linked qualifications every five years to ensure that they’re fit-for-purpose and relevant for the security industry in the years ahead.

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23 September 2020

CYBER SECURITY experts have stepped up support for UK schools, colleges and universities following a spate of online attacks with the potential to de-rail their preparations for the new term. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued an alert to the sector containing a number of steps designed to keep cyber criminals out of their networks following a recent spike in ransomware attacks.

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23 September 2020

THE TWELFTH edition of the fortnightly Security Matters Podcast for practising professionals in the security business sector is now live to view. Each episode features a round-up and analysis of the biggest news stories published on the magazine’s website in addition to discussions with selected professionals from the security business sector.

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23 September 2020

THE SECURITY Institute’s Annual Conference has been a long-standing highlight of the industry’s calendar for many years now. In 2020, due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the event will necessarily be presented in a virtual format that can be attended free of charge. CPD points are available.

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23 September 2020

AS THE charity Gate Safe commemorates its 10th Anniversary, a recent survey of Gate Safe installers indicates that business appears to be booming (73% of respondents reported an increase in the automated gate aspect of their business), which means that there’s an ever-increasing requirement to ensure the safety of the high number of automated gates being installed and maintained.

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23 September 2020

THE CITY Security Council (CSC) has announced its intention to open membership to all UK-based security companies who are Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme-registered and who hold (or are working towards attaining) BS 7499, BS 7984 or BS 7858.

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