90 Second Read - Hostile State Activity Port Power - 23rd August 2019

Police or designated immigration or customs officers will be able to stop, question, search and detain an individual at a port, airport or border area to determine whether he or she is, or has been, engaged in hostile state activity. The new powers work similarly to those for terrorist activity, with a “hostile act” defined as activity linked to a foreign state which threatens national security, the economic wellbeing of the UK or is an act of serious crime.

If authorised by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, an examining officer can now access, or even destroy, confidential information from an individual if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that it is a hostile act.

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Should venue owners be charged with a legal duty for counterterrorism measures? 

New laws could force large venues in the UK to adopt increased security measures in response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Security minister Ben Wallace said that the government is considering “whether and how further legislation could support, or indeed compel, effective and proportionate protective security” for concerts, shopping centres and sporting events. This could include increasing the use of safety checks, such as bag searches and body scanners. It might also require venue owners to take counterterrorism advice, conduct vulnerability assessments and put a plan in place to mitigate any susceptibilities.

The government had initially said that it had no plans to mandate specific security measures, despite a campaign by the mother of one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing enjoying popular support online.

There is currently no legislation compelling venues to implement counterterrorism measures beyond standard health and safety legislation. Senior police officials are said to be supportive of creating a legal duty for venue owners. Former chief superintendent Nick Aldworth, who led the “protect and prepare” stand of national counterterror policing until May 2019, compared the issue of fire safety, noting that venue owners are expected to take responsibility for preventing fires rather than relying entirely on the emergency services. Taking the same approach to terrorism would share the burden and increase security, Aldworth argues.

There is currently no timeline for the proposed legislation, but it is unlikely that any changes would be introduced before the conclusion of the inquest into the Manchester Arena bombing which is due to begin in April 2020.
What’s your view – should venue owners be charged with a legal duty for counterterrorism measures?

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Kingdom Services Group Ltd acquires Scotland based security specialist Dunedin

Kingdom is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Dunedin Facilities Management Ltd.
Established in 2012, Dunedin has gained an excellent reputation for delivering CCTV, Door Supervisors, Security Guards, Mobile Patrols, Key Holding and Event security solutions. With an extensive portfolio of loyal clients, Dunedin looks forward to using the Kingdom platform to develop further future growth in Scotland. 

The Dunedin acquisition continues the strategic expansion plans of Kingdom.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Chief Executive of Kingdom said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Kingdom to expand further in Scotland. Strategic acquisitions have always formed part of our growth strategy, but it is extremely important that when we acquire a business that there is values & culture fit to that of Kingdom. We are therefore keen that we continue to operate in the same way going forward with no planned changes to offices or points of contact. Kingdom will support and enhance the Dunedin integration with our expertise, technology and software solutions.

Iain Macintosh will undertake the role as Head of Security for Kingdom Scotland and along with his retained management team and colleagues will drive Kingdom Scotland forward. Throughout all our negotiations we were incredibly impressed with Iain as a person and with what he has achieved. With his expertise and innovative cutting edge technologies in CCTV Iain will maintain our position as a premier service provider so please give him a call”

Iain Macintosh, owner and Director of Dunedin said: “Joining the Kingdom family will enable my team and I to offer a greater range of services and strength in depth and for us to expand into new sectors. The Kingdom leadership team and I share the same aspirations and I’m excited about being a key part in the journey which is being created through this acquisition.”

Established in 1993 Kingdom are a well-established, highly regarded, privately-run, family-owned company.

The company successfully manage 6,000+ high-quality service personnel in highly complex public-facing environments driven to explore new ways of working.

Kingdom has trading longevity and a financially sound trading history within their specialist areas within both the UK and uniquely, India and through 25+ years of organic growth and strategic acquisition Kingdom has developed into a business turnover today of £100m+.

From 2016 Kingdom has operated from a purpose-built, 3 floor National Support Centre and from a number of regional support offices that oversees their national infrastructure.

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Chris Lamb – England U20s – Welsh Athletics International

Kingdom are proud to announce that Chris Lamb, son of Kingdom’s own Paula Lamb, will be performing in the Welsh Athletics International as part of the England U20’s pole-vaulting team.

At only 19 years of age, Chris is ranked 4th in the country for the sport and has been given this opportunity to represent England in his first international competition.

Chris started pole-vaulting at the early age of 14 at Liverpool Harriers, and moved to Wigan Harriers a year later in search of a more specialised type of training for pole-vaulting. During these early years, Chris performed in multiple national competitions, and medalled at the UK School Games 2016, the English Schools Championships 2018, and Nationals 2019.

Chris has stated that “over the last couple of months, everything has started to come together, and all the hard work is finally starting to pay off. I have started to progress a lot faster, achieving 4 personal bests.” As a result of his hard work and dedication, he has become the North of England champion and achieved 3rd place at the England Championships. His performance has deservedly resulted in being chosen to represent England in this event.

The end goal of performing for Team GB is within reach for Chris, and every event, competition, and medal is one step closer to realising his dream.

We wish Chris the best of luck, both in the Welsh Athletics International and in the future!


Chris Lamb is currently campaigning to raise funds to purchase new poles that will see him improve his height and performance, which will help in his goal of performing for Team GB. If you would like to donate to Chris, any amount is immensely appreciated, you can do so by visiting his GoFundMe page below:

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Kingdom's Annual Event at Haydock Park Racecourse

Saturday night played host to Kingdom’s annual event at Haydock Park Racecourse. A mixture of great weather and a great atmosphere was the perfect recipe for a night filled with laughter, emotion, and celebration.

Terry Barton, CEO, kicked off the evening with congratulatory speech, commending everyone for their work and effort over the past few months, whilst also celebrating birthdays and achievements both inside and outside of the workplace.

A massive thanks to Lisa Hughes for ensuring the night ran smoothly by organising the event; booking the venue and tickets, food and drink, and ensuring any information and updates were well communicated in the months leading up to the special day.

The evening came to a close with a live performance from Rick Astley, singing a few of his classics and covers that brought everyone to their feet.

Here’s to the next 12 months!

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Google app defaults enabling calendar phishing attacks

Kaspersky Lab have warned that cyber criminals are currently sending malicious phishing links to victims via Google Calendar in Gmail. The new attack type is called ‘Calendar Phishing’. Perpetrators are exploiting a default setting on the Google app where Google Calendar adds invitations and events, regardless of whether the user has directly responded to the invitation or not. Victims then interact with the notification, as it is coming from a trusted app such as Google Calendars, making the phishing campaign surprisingly successful.

Other than ignoring such messages to prevent the risk of infection, users can prevent the notifications appearing by completing a few basic steps via the Google Calendar Event settings. Within this dropdown, users can select the ‘Automatically add invitations’ option and select ‘No, only show invitations to which I’ve responded.’ Finally, the ‘Show declined events’ option should be deselected under the ‘View options’ section.

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