A salon owner is now facing fines totalling £27,000 for repeatedly insisting on keeping her salon open in breach of lockdown rules.
Sinead Quinn has posted videos on Instagram showing her arguing with council officials who had visited her salon to see if it was complying with the rules. In one video she told officials that she did not 'consent' to being fine and cited 'common law'.
She had previously posted a sign on the salon door which cited the Magna Carta in defence of her decision to keep trading, Yorkshire Live reports.
In an Instagram video post on Sunday, Ms Quinn tells the visiting officer: "I don't consent."
Alongside the post, she wrote: "REALLY difficult to hear her this time at she wasn’t aggressive like the first time she came.. maybe because she didn’t have the police as back up? And it was short and sweet.
"The police did pull up just as I was closing the salon to go home so I approached the car and told them I was going home and there’s no need to get out, they said ‘we’ve got to come out when we get calls that you’re open’. Really nice copper! See you on Monday guys!"
Her posts have been met with people calling her "amazing" for her stance on keeping the salon, near Bradford, open. She was given a second £10,000 fine this week, which follows an earlier fine of the same amount and other previous fines for ignoring lockdown rules. She must now pay a total of £27,000.
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: "The business was open and trading again so they have been issued with a further £10,000 fine which means the total is now £27,000."
The spokesman said the council was "in the process of exploring alternative action" in relation to the salon.
The council has condemned the actions of the business owner as "selfish and irresponsible". A spokesman said: "We completely understand how tough it has been, and continues to be, for local businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We will do all we can to support them through what has been a devastating period, but it is absolutely crucial for people’s safety that we all follow the latest COVID-19 rules and guidance.
“Kirklees currently has the fifth-highest rates in the country, with 135 people admitted to hospital last week and 25 sadly losing their lives to a COVID-19 related death. The law set by the Government is there so we can bring infection rates down, ease pressure on our health services and save lives.
"But it only works if we all stick to it and realise that no one is above the law. Frankly, the actions taken by this business are selfish and irresponsible.
"We will not hesitate to take action on anyone who breaches the rules that are in place to keep us all safe. Repeated breaches of COVID-19 regulations result in ever-increasing fines up to £10,000 and eventually prosecution.
"Thankfully, most are following the COVID-19 guidance and we’d like to thank people across the whole of Kirklees for playing their part and keeping themselves and others safe."
The salon has opened several times in contravention of the lockdown rules. Earlier this month a sign was placed in the salon door window which cited Magna Carta, a royal charter of rights from the year 1215, as justification for remaining open. The sign says the shop is "under the jurisdiction of common law".
Ms Quinn has previously told YorkshireLive that she wasn't breaking the law.