Mother-of-two Sinead Quinn, the owner of Quinn Blakey Hairdressing, Oakenshaw, near Bradford, speaks through the window to a police officer and police community support officer
A rebel hairdresser has been stopped from opening up her salon today as shopkeepers across the country say they will break Covid rules to start trading again.

Mother-of-two Sinead Quinn, the owner of Quinn Blakey Hairdressing, Oakenshaw, near Bradford, returned to her salon shortly before 12pm today and entered the building.

Ms Quinn revealed that she had an injunction made against her that forbid her from opening the salon with a power of arrest attached to it.

Writing on Telegram, she said: 'Hey guys, I've had an injunction against me. I won't be cutting hair today but I'm gonna go open soon and clean and grab a few things. Police and council all over this morning. I'm just having a coffee then going back up!'

Ms Quinn also attached a picture of the letter sent to her by Kirklees Council and the injunction is in place until March 31.

She added on the Telegram chat: 'I have two little girls at home that want to see their mummy tonight and I don't fancy spending anytime in the cells on b****** charges.'

Ms Quinn spoke to two police officers through the door today before letting them inside and closing the shutters.

However they left the salon shortly after and Ms Quinn drove away in her black Range Rover.

The hairdresser also uploaded a clip to Instagram sat in her 4x4 where she filmed a police car parked opposite the salon, adding: 'So guys look at this calvary. Police, reporters, everybody.

'Unbelievable. Yes it's open for food, carpet shop is open, I mean football players can play but I can't earn a living. It's just madness.'

Police officers near to the Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in Oakenshaw, Bradford, this morning
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman told MailOnline: 'Police did attend at a hair-dressers in Oakenshaw on Saturday 30 January.

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

Another business owner refusing to keep his doors shut is repeat offender Steven Todd, of Reps Gym in Preston, Lancs.

Comment: Opening up your business is now considered a criminal offence...

Police officers have made 11 visits to his business and issued him fines of thousands of pounds as Gyms have been forced to remain closed in England since November 5.

His latest standoff with police yesterday lasted 20 minutes.

Mr Todd said afterwards: 'I'd like to put it on the record that I'm doing this for the wellbeing of all the lads and ladies that come here every day for the benefit of their mental health. It's that important.

Comment: He has the support of professionals across the country, including headmasters and psychologists, who are speaking out against the damage lockdowns are having.

Gym lockdown

Steven Todd, left, owner of Reps Gym, has been visited by police eleven times as he refuses to keep his business shut, despite national Covid rules
'If I close and something happens to one of my customers, I wouldn't be able to live with myself. I wouldn't want that on my conscience. They need this place open. It's essential for the good of their mental health.

'I appreciate that there is a pandemic and people are dying from the virus. I don't doubt that for a second. But our gym is massive and there's lots of space to be responsible and social distance.'

Fellow gym owner Nick Whitcombe, who has previously defied rules at his business Body Tech Fitness in Moreton, Wirral, has promised to reopen if his industry remains shut.

He wrote on Instagram: 'You can hold me to this, if they open non-essential shops before gyms, my doors are opening regardless.

'If they start opening up non-essential businesses and keep the essential health and fitness industry closed, I'm not playing that game. That will be the exact situation of favouritism and disregard of science we had in October and the inequality is why I stood up.

'This continued war on health is out of control.'

It comes as internet Covid conspiracy theorists are leafleting high streets in an attempt to rally businesses in support of a 'Great Reopening' to defy lockdown restrictions - as police said they 'would not hesitate' to issue £10,000 fines to any firms flouting the rules.

Ms Quinn, was among those vowing to welcome customers today after previously demanding officials provide 'proof' that Covid existed.

The salon owner, who has racked up £17,000 in fines, has liked a social media campaign calling on firms to 'exercise your right to own a living' that has spread on Instagram and Telegram, the encrypted messaging app known for attracting extremist content.

Members are handing out leaflets to shops to persuade them to take part, and have attracted the support of prominent coronavirus conspiracy theorists Piers Corbyn and David Icke - best known for believing the world is run by a race of lizard people.

Great Reopening groups are proliferating on Telegram and its counterpart Gab - which is notorious as a haven for fanatics and white nationalists in the US - with dozens of local groups across the country.

Comment: 'Conspiracy theorists', 'extremist', 'fanatics' - the propaganda is strong in this Daily Mail article. Which is telling because, at other times, it has articles questioning the manipulated statistics that the government is pushing.

In a group for Cornwall, one poster claiming to be an NHS anaesthetist working in A&E at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro called Tarek Abu Omar said he was 'happy to see many like-minded people on here'.

MailOnline has contacted the hospital trust for comment.

Another poster going by the name of Lulu Pinkerton claimed to be a nutritionist working in Bude.

Elsewhere in the Cornish group, a business owner boasted that he and his partner 'have kept going exploiting every loophole' as users vowed to visit premises that decided to open today.

Members of the national Great Reopening Group are encouraging people to ring up local business owners and tell them they will not be fined for breaching lockdown because of 'common law' - a myth popularised by Covid deniers.

Mr Corbyn has shared a poster for the Great Reopening on his personal Instagram page
Police across the country have vowed to crack down on any businesses who decide to open on the day.

Comment: They must be proud of themselves.

A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs' Council told Cornwall Live: 'We are at the most dangerous stage of this pandemic and each of us has a personal responsibility to do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus.

'We will not hesitate to issue fines to those deliberately breaching the regulations with no regard for the safety of others.'

Meanwhile, Kim Conchie, chief executive of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: 'I think this isn't even a matter of organisations like the Chamber of Commerce saying please don't do this, this is absolutely absurd.

'It makes no sense from whatever perspective you look at this. As we all know the UK has just passed 100,000 deaths. There's no denying it's a major disease. It's killed twice as many people as the blitz. This is absolutely crazy.'

Authorities in other areas of the country have also vowed to take a tough stance.

Richard Webb, North Yorkshire County Council's corporate director for health and adult services, said: 'Yesterday we were made aware of a campaign doing the rounds across the north of England which urges businesses to have what they called a ''great reopening'' tomorrow.

Great Reopening groups are proliferating on Telegram, the encrypted messaging app known for attracting extremist content
'My plea to all businesses is to ignore this campaign. There will be no great reopening on January 30. I would ask that you continue to act as you have been doing throughout this lockdown and before that and that we fight together this deadly virus.

'My warning to those who choose to take part in this campaign is that the enforcement authorities, police, trading standards, environmental health and others will have no choice but to take ultimate action against you.'

Mr Webb thanked the businesses in the county who were complying with the closure requirements.'

Ms Quinn hit headlines in November after she repeatedly cited the Magna Carta when police officers insisted she close her business during the second national lockdown.

Earlier this month, Kirklees Council confirmed none of the fixed penalties had been paid and it had started a prosecution process.

One Instagram comment from the salon said: 'We're all opening regardless of lockdown. They can't control us all when we stand up to them.'

In a separate post shared two days ago, the comment stated: 'When is lockdown meant to end? Feb?

'In February you can bet your life savings that Covid-21 will be here and so will your lockdown.

Comment: Indeed. The government seem intent on extending the lockdown indefinitely.

'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.


Ms Quinn has previously shared videos of herself telling officials that she did not 'consent' to being fined and cited 'common law'.

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

But legal experts have debunked the defence as 'pure nonsense' and 'pseudo-legal rubbish'.

A Kirklees Council spokesperson said: 'With the time given to pay the fines now passed, we have started a prosecution process and are putting our case together.

'The process can take some time and could lead to a trial. Punishment could be an unlimited fine, decided by the court.

'In the meantime, if further breaches occur, the same appropriate action will follow as would be the case for any business.'
What is the Magna Carta and why are businesses wrong to quote 'clause 61'?

The Magna Carta is a royal charter agreed to by King John of England in 1215 amid a row with rebellious barons.

It promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on payments to the Crown.

But it did not last, leading to the First Barons' War.

The Magna Carta is a royal charter agreed to by King John of England in 1215 amid a row with rebellious barons

It was reissued several times in the following years, until in 1297, it was made part of England's statue law.

But as Parliament's power grew, it lost much of its significance. Now, only four of its clauses still remain in use.

Ahead of the new lockdown, some businesses have put signs outside their business sighting clause 61 and saying: 'Any attempt to enforce unlawful acts, statutes or legislative laws on myself will be taken as an act of high treason, for which, you will stand trial before a jury of the people and which still carries the gallows.'

However the clause is not one of those still in use.

One legal expert, Rupert Beloff, tweeted that while clause 61 appeared in the 1215 version, it was removed by the time it was reissued in 1216 and did not exist by the time the Magna Carta was made statute in 1297.