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CAR CLAMP COWBOYS FACE A SHOWDOWN IN SECURITY CLEAN-UP

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Cowboy wheelclampers are to be targeted by the government in a package of tough controls aimed at cleaning up the£...
Cowboy wheelclampers are to be targeted by the government in a package of tough controls aimed at cleaning up the£2bn a year security industry, according to The Express on Sunday (p34).

The home office is drawing up plans which would mean all security staff - clampers, bouncers, security guards - will have to be licensed. Anyone with a criminal record would be banned.

Fees for releasing clamped vehicles will be limited to between£50 and£100. Victims of clamping will have the right of appeal and, for the first time, clampers will have to show they have followed the letter of the law laid down by a new Private Security Industry Authority.

A Whitehall source said: 'There is now a general recognition that such a big industry needs to come under a proper regulatory authority. The new authority will mean that everyone who works in the security industry will have to be licensed by the authority. It will ensure bouncers and security guards cannot be employed if they have criminal records. It will put an end to unscrupulous wheel clampers'.

Police research has found that in 1994 at least 2,600 recorded crimes were committed by security staff, with many convicted murderers, rapists and burglars employed as guards. A home office select committee inquiry found a company managing director who recommended an employee for a shotgun licence, even though he had 15 convictions - including one for killing his wife. A white paper early in the new year is expected to propose jail terms of up to six months for employers hiring people with criminal records.
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