A woman has been fined £1,760 after customers fled a hair salon raided by police during lockdown.
Tina Howarth, 35, has been ordered to pay up by the courts after failing to close Euphoria Tanning, Nail and Beauty salon on Glyndwr Road, Cwmbran, during lockdown at the start of the year.
Appearing in Newport Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Howarth, of Broadway, Pontypool, was ordered to pay a £1,760 fine, a £176 surcharge and costs of £85 for failing to close a business “not permitted to be open” under Alert Level 4 coronavirus restrictions on January 16, 2021.
She has been given until August 16 to pay the balance of £2,021.
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It comes after Gwent Police released CCTV footage of the incident in January which showed customers apparently fleeing from police, some with what appears to be hair treatment and protective plastic capes still in place.
At the time, the force said they received a report that Euphoria Tanning Hair and Beauty was open and operating against Welsh Government regulations.
In a statement, they added that officers attended and saw people entering through the front door. Those inside did not respond to police requests to open the door.
On gaining entry, officers say they found evidence which showed tanning beds in recent use and beauty treatments taking place.
CCTV footage shows eight people running from the premise out of the fire exit, Gwent Police said.
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