Wembley man prosecuted for working illegally

November 6, 2023

A Wembley man, Erjon Xhika, has been ordered by Harrow Crown Court to pay a £300 fine, plus £300 prosecution costs for breaching the Private Security Industry Act 2001. This follows his guilty plea to working illegally.

The prosecution was brought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

The case began when the SIA’s London team of investigators carried out a routine licence inspection in Wembley on 7 July 2021 in the run up to the Euro final at Wembley Stadium. During the inspection they visited an Irish theme bar on Wembley Park Drive and checked the licence of the door supervisor, Erjon Xhika, who was in possession of an SIA licence. The licence appeared to be false although it displayed his name Erjon Xhika, and when he was questioned by the SIA’s investigators, he disappeared from the bar. The investigators held onto the licence for further investigation.

In September 2021, Gentian Dedej, the director of the security company linked to this case replied to SIA investigators but failed to supply them with the information they were seeking about Mr. Xhika. SIA criminal investigators invited Erjon Xhika to attend an interview-under-caution in October and December 2021. Mr. Xhika repeatedly failed to engage with the SIA’s investigators.

Despite this, Mr. Xhika applied for an SIA licence after the offence in April 2022. In his application he failed to declare criminality therefore on 28 May 2022 the SIA refused his licence application.

Nicola Bolton, one of the SIA’s criminal investigations managers, said that this case demonstrates the importance of the licensing regime which is there to protect the public: “Mr. Xhika worked illegally at a popular bar in the vicinity of Wembley Stadium in the run up to the high-profile Euro Finals in the summer of 2021 when a lot of people would have been out celebrating. At the time of the offence Mr. Xhika was untrained and unlicensed yet he chose to put the patrons in his care at risk. The sentence means that he has an additional criminal record and unable to work in the UK’s private security industry.”

This is valid as of 6th November 2023.

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