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Beauty salon owner fined £1,000 for staying open during lockdown

The owner of a nail and beauty salon in Wrexham has been fined £1,000 after keeping her business open while the country was in lockdown.

Natalie Hewitt, 32, had denied breaching Covid-19 regulations by failing to close her salon, Smooch Nails & Beauty, in January this year, when the area was in an alert level four lockdown, but was found guilty following a trial at Wrexham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Natalie Hewitt was fined £1,000 for breaching COVID-19 regulations (Image: David Powell)

Hewitt was found in her shop with three other women on January 13 by a council enforcement officer who was patrolling the town centre to check if businesses were complying with coronavirus regulations..

Defending herself in court, Hewitt insisted that she had been alone in the salon while “cleaning and decorating” – but magistrates said there was “clear evidence” that she had breached lockdown rules.

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