Toronto

IIFA bodyguards lacked licences, police allege

Police are set to lay nearly 150 charges, alleging numerous security guards working at the International Indian Film Awards show in Toronto last month weren't properly licensed.

Police are set to lay nearly 150 charges, alleging numerous security guards working at the International Indian Film Awards show in Toronto last month weren't properly licensed.

Two British nationals have already been charged for allegedly providing close  protection to a Bollywood star without having the credentials to do so.

And another 142 charges are pending after a police investigation into private security services during the International Indian Film Academy awards, which hosted events from June 23 to 25.

They include 24 counts of employing an unlicensed security guard, 16 counts of working as an unlicensed security guard and 96 counts of licensed agency permit uniform violation.

Individuals working as security guards in Ontario must be licensed and firms employing in-house security guards must be registered with the province.

The investigation is part of an ongoing effort by Ontario police to enforce the Private Security and Investigative Services Act.