Defiant salon raises over £10k in crowdfunding appeal – but she hasn’t paid Kirklees a penny of her fines or court costs – YorkshireLive

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An online fund set up by rebel hairdresser Sinead Quinn has topped £10,000 thanks to donations from nearly 500 supporters.

Sinead Quinn, owner of Quinn Blakey Hairdressers in Oakenshaw, set up the Go Fund Me page at the end of November after racking up several fines for opening the salon in defiance of lockdown regulations.

On setting up the online fund, she wrote: “By no means do I think the council will be successful in trying to extort money from me.

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“I am simply doing this so that people don’t take it upon themselves to create a Go Fund Me on my behalf and possibly run off with the money!”

She added that she was “confident” that “we will win this fight” and that she will be able to give the money to her brother who was diagnosed with cancer.

As of today, the online fund has reached £10,057, with individual donations ranging from £5 to £200.

Today a Kirklees Council spokesman confirmed that Ms Quinn had yet to pay anything towards the fixed penalty notices which were imposed for repeatedly breaking lockdown restrictions

The total owed to Kirklees is £19,455, which includes court costs of £2,455 which she was ordered to pay by a judge last month.

Ms Quinn has yet to pay the court costs, a council spokesman has confirmed.

The court costs order came after Kirklees Council secured an anti-social behaviour injunction which forbids her from opening the salon. The injunction runs until March 31.

YorkshireLive has approached Ms Quinn for comment but she has yet to respond.

In recent days she has posted defiant messages on her Instagram account.

At least one of the posts was removed after being ‘fact checked’ and found to be inaccurate, according to Instagram.

One post said: “If you know that covid restrictions are not the law, then you will know that certain other things are not law either…

“Like paying TAX. There is no LAW that says you have to pay tax…”

It appears that the post has since been deleted or removed.

The maximum penalty for income tax evasion in the UK is seven years in prison or an unlimited fine.

Intentional evasion of VAT is also a criminal offence.

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