Hairdresser handed £3,000 in fines for refusing to shut salon during lockdown

A defiant hairdresser has been slapped with £3,000 in fines for ignoring lockdown rules.

Sinead Quinn, the owner of Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in Oakenshaw, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, continued to trade this week.

The refusal to shut came despite salons and barbers being ordered to close during the second national lockdown introduced to curb coronavirus cases, YorkshireLive reports.

Kirklees Council officials visited the business on Thursday to issue a £2,000 fixed penalty notice for ignoring the regulation.

It follows a £1,000 fine issued earlier this week, bringing the total to £3,000.

The council issued the notices for trading on two separate days, although the salon was shut on Thursday.

But it warned officials will visit again on Friday and it continues to operate, it will issue a £4,000 fine.

Earlier this week, it slammed the actions of the salon as being 'selfish and irresponsible'.

A council spokesman said on Thursday: "We’re visiting today to issue a £2,000 Fixed Penalty Notice. At the same time we’ll check if they are open/trading.

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"If trading is still continuing, we will then have to issue a £4,000 Fixed Penalty Notice tomorrow."

The spokesman later said the premises was closed on Thursday during an inspection, adding: "But we’ll check again tomorrow.”

On Wednesday, Ms Quinn posted a video on the salon's Instagram page which showed her arguing with police and council officials who had turned up at her premises.

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The video is titled: "Police 5th Visit & Council 2nd Visit."

During the conversation, she says: "I am not closing. I am not answering any questions."

A police officer warned her there is "potential harm to people from coronavirus."

But Ms Quinn replied: "I am not complying. I am not answering any more questions."

In the clip, she added: "I am standing up for my rights."

Earlier this week she placed a sign in the door which cited the Magna Carta in defence of her decision to defy the lockdown. She argued she had a right to "earn a living".

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