Hairdresser who refused to shut shop hit with £27k fines and summoned to court

A hairdresser who racked up £27,000 in fines after violating coronavirus restrictions by refusing to shut up shop has been summoned to court.

Sinead Quinn, who owns Quinn Blakey Hairdressers in Oakenshaw, near Bradford, was slapped with a court order to close the shop after she repeatedly breached lockdown measures.

She was handed an initial £4,000 fine for the failure to comply, but council officers visited her shop on two subsequent occasions and issues further £10,000 fines after finding it was still open and trading.

Quinn had previously placed a sign quoting the Magna Carta on her shopfront while continuing to allow clients into the salon and cutting their hair, Yorkshire Live reports.

As a result, Kirklees Council has issued a notice of closure for the premises and applied for a court order to forcibly shut the shop.

Failure to comply could result in a further fine and/or three months in prison.

In addition, Kirklees Council has also applied for a closure order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Earlier this month, 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.

In one video, she told council workers she did not "consent" to being fine and cited "common law."

Kirklees councillor Paul Davies said he understands the "devastating" impact on local business owners but said action must be taken to prevent "illegal, selfish and reckless" behaviour.

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Mr Davies said: "I completely understand the frustrations of local business owners and thankfully the overwhelming majority of them have complied with the national lockdown and closed to help us overcome the virus.

"This pandemic has been devastating for a vast number of reasons, including the impact it has had on people’s livelihoods.

“The lockdown rules put in place by the Government are there so we can lower our infection rates, ease pressure on our health services and to ultimately save people’s lives.

"The actions taken by this business owner, and those who have given her custom during this period, have been illegal, selfish and reckless.

"The business owner has wilfully endangered herself, her customers, the wider community and our staff.

“We don’t want to fine our businesses or take action like this against them, particularly after such a difficult year.

"However, we have given this business every opportunity to do the right thing and public health must come first. We have been left with no choice."

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