Two former soldiers are bringing their experience from 90 tours with the armed forces to a new security business.

Lee Molyneux co-founded Three Lions Security, in Whitehaven, with Barry Horabin in late 2018.

The pair have a combined military service record of more than 45 years.

They are using their experience of working in hostile environments across the globe - including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Kenya - to train local security personnel.

Barry is currently based overseas in Iraq providing training and protection for an American company.

Alongside the specialist training, the team also offer courses in first aid, health and safety and security to the public, as well as bespoke courses for businesses around mass trauma situations and chemical and nuclear attacks.

Its work also includes close protection details, security and medical support services at festivals, licensed venues, site security and supporting events, CCTV training, house sitting and key holding response.

Lee said: “Cumbria will see an increased demand for these courses and the nature of the industries based here will see a need for employees to be equipped with these kinds of skills.

“We will be making use of the rural and rugged terrain in Cumbria for some of our courses which are designed to match the needs of hostile close protection operators.”

Copeland Borough Council mayor Mike Starkie visited the company at its base in Lowther Street last week.

He said: “It’s fantastic to have such specialist security experts offering their skills to the borough.

“Having served for many years overseas, in some of the toughest situations known to man, Lee and Barry have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with those responsible for security locally.

“It’s great to see another new business thriving in our area and I wish Three Lions Security every success for the future.”