Peppa Pig protected

by Mark Rowe

A west-country based security contractor was called in to provide security for children’s character Peppa Pig at a Christmas lights switch on in Plymouth.

Securi-Guard provided two security officers as hundreds of young fans descended on Plymstock Broadway on Wednesday, November 21, to see Peppa Pig, and brother George.

Officers Greg Meatyard and Patrycja Sikorska carried out crowd control duties, so that Peppa Pig and George were able to make the switch-on. The officers were also on hand to supervise children as they lined up to have their photos taken with the two celebrities at the afternoon event.

Clients Warrington-based Uniqwin Security have asked the company to look after the celebrity guests at next year’s event.

Securi-Guard already work with the Uniqwin, providing key holding and alarm response services for the client.

Steve Johnson of Uniqwin said: “We have worked with Securi-Guard for a number of years now and they have consistently delivered an exemplary service across all our requirements. This particular task was no exception, handled in a very professional and authoritative manner. We would not hesitate to use Securi-Guard’s services again for this type of work.”

Dave Campbell, Operations Manager – Manned Guarding for Securi-Guard said: “Such is the reputation of Securi-Guard for its manned guarding service we are often called in to provide security at this kind of public event, so it is something we have a lot of experience in.

“I am delighted to say that the whole day went like clockwork and our officers performed their duties admirably. I think everyone went away having had a great time.”

Among Securi-Guard security duties at events in Devon and Cornwall, in 2011, officers helped prevent theft and vandalism during filming for Top Gear presenter James May’s model railway challenge in North Devon. The company was called in after a previous attempt by the TV star to run a miniature train track from Bideford to Barnstaple in 2009 was thwarted when thieves stole batteries and sections of track.

Also, in 2009, Securi-Guard’s officers helped TV veteran Keith Chegwin when the star was mobbed by a crowd in Plymouth city centre as he wore a coat covered in £1,000 in £5 notes to promote a digital TV company.

About the firm

Originally formed in 1966 and under the same directorship since April 1982, Securi-Guard is based at Darklake View, Estover, Plymouth, and employs around 175 people.

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