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​Police Greet Salon Owner Previously Fined £27k Ahead Of 'Great Opening'

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​Police Greet Salon Owner Previously Fined £27k Ahead Of 'Great Opening'

A salon owner who was fined £27,000 for breaking lockdown rules was met by police this morning - on the day that was supposed to mark the 'Great Opening' of her business.

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Sinead Quinn, of Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in Bradford, has been issued with numerous notices that mount up to thousands of pounds in fines - having previously cited the Magna Carta as a justification to stay open.

Last week, the defiant salon owner revealed she would be ignoring current coronavirus restrictions - which have forced all non-essential businesses to close until at least mid-February - and would be opening this weekend.

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Quinn advertised the 'Great Opening' on social media, telling a follower in a comment: "We're all opening regardless of lockdown.

"They can't control us all when we stand up to them."

Quinn arrived at the salon earlier today, posting an Instagram Live from inside her car to show police and reporters outside.

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She said: "So guys, look at this cavalry. Police, reporters... everybody. Unbelievable."

Pointing the camera to a café, she said: "Yep, it's open for food. The carpet shop is open.

"I mean, football players can play. But I can't earn a living, it's just madness."

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Credit: PA
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According to Yorkshire Live, Quinn returned to the salon shortly before 12pm and entered the building.

She spoke to two officers through the door, before letting them inside and closing the shutters.

The officers left 'a short time later' and Quinn drove away in her black Range Rover.

West Yorkshire Police said in a statement to LADbible: "Police did attend at a hair-dressers in Oakenshaw on Saturday (30/1).

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"No Covid breaches or any other such matters were disclosed or noted."

As a result of her continued defiance, Ms Quinn was given a closure notice from Kirklees Council, which means that no one except someone who lives there or owns the premises is allowed inside.

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Credit: PA

In a previous social media post, Quinn urged people to 'stand up' for their freedom.

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She said: "In February you can bet your life savings that Covid-21 will be here and so will your lockdown.

"I'd like you to sit back and watch it all play out but we're running out of time...

"Stand up for your freedoms. 30th January. Get up and open your businesses, go out and support those businesses.

"WE ARE THE POWER, NOT THEM."

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Topics: UK News, lockdown, News

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