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Salon owner who stayed open in Covid faces £27k fine after quoting Magna Carta to defy lockdown

A SALON owner who stayed open during lockdown now faces a £27,000 fine, after quoting the Magna Carta to defend her rebellion.

Sinead Quinn has remained trading as the country is in a second national lockdown - which bans salons from running until December 2.

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She was initially given a fine of £4,000 for opening Quinn Blakey Hairdressers over the weekend.

But the cost has now rocketed to £27,000 after council officers visited yesterday and today - slapping her with two £10,000 fines for still being open.

The salon in Oakenshaw, near Bradford, had previously been given with a fines of £1,000 and £2,000 for defying government orders to close from November 5 in the face of rising Covid-19 cases.

During earlier visits she told authorities she did not "consent" to coronavirus closure laws, and was hit with on the spot fines for breaching the regulations.

Before the entire country went into lockdown, Bradford was on the brink of being plunged into Tier 3.

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."

"We are now in the process of exploring alternative action."

The council condemned he actions as "selfish and irresponsible."

'I DO NOT CONSENT'

Earlier this month, Ms Quinn posted videos on Instagram showing her arguing with council officials who had visited her salon to see if it was complying with the rules.

She had previously posted a sign on the salon door which cited Magna Carta in defence of her decision to keep trading.

Kirklees has among the highest coronavirus infection rates in England with a rate of 446.4 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to November 19.

A Kirklees Council spokesperson said in a statement that it understands how tough the pandemic has been for local businesses.

They added: "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."

In a series of Instagram videos, Ms Quinn insists she is not breaking any laws and does not consent to any fines issued when visited by cops and council officers.

A post on the salon's Instagram page today, showing a police car parked on the road outside the business, reads: "This is what your tax paying money goes toward. Sitting outside my business whilst I'm LAWFULLY earning a living."

Mrs Quinn has declined to comment when approached.

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