Gym owner who told police she refused to be fined ‘because of Common Law’ when she was caught flouting Covid restrictions by keeping her business open during lockdown is fined £1,200 

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  • Michelle Meade-Wyatt tells police she does not ‘consent’ to any COVID-19 fines
  • Gym owner refuses to close his business in defiance of Covid restrictions
  • He said he opened his business because members were taking their own lives

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A gym owner who violated coronavirus restrictions by keeping a venue open during England’s second national lockdown has been taken to court and fined.

In police bodycam footage, 46-year-old Michelle Meade-Wyatt told officers attending The Ripped Gym in Harlow, Essex in November last year that she had not ‘consented to any fine’.

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She declined to give her details, saying: ‘I am a living woman and we are under common law.’

An officer warned him that he would be arrested and the matter would be dealt with under the COVID-19 Act.

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Michelle Meade-Wyatt told officials attending The Ripped Gym in Harlow, Essex in November last year that she ‘did not consent to any fines’

Police officers raid Ripped Gym in Harlow, Essex, November 2020, when COVID lockdown rules are reimposed

Police officers raid Ripped Gym in Harlow, Essex, November 2020, when COVID lockdown rules are reimposed

Essex Police said that 'after about 40 minutes of trying to connect with him, officers felt they had no choice but to arrest him for violating the rules'

Essex Police said that ‘after about 40 minutes of trying to connect with him, officers felt they had no choice but to arrest him for violating the rules’

Essex Police said that ‘after about 40 minutes of trying to connect with him, officers felt they had no choice but to arrest him for violating the rules.’

The force said Meade-Wyatt of Pignans Hill Lane, Liverpool, admitted to the Colchester Magistrates’ Court for violating the COVID-19 restrictions.

Police said he pleaded guilty to failing to shut down a business prohibited under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020.

He was ordered to pay a total fine and costs of £1,205 during a hearing on 23 November.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said: ‘This case is a very clear example of a gross violation of the law, which not only put people’s health at risk, but at a time when infection rates were rising.’

She said that officials and council staff made ‘extensive efforts to engage with the gym owner to resolve this situation’.

Mead-Wyatt told the PA news agency: ‘I remained open because members were committing suicide.’

He said that he accepted the allegation only after there was a ‘slight change in words’.

Meade-Wyatt claimed she was held for ‘just under 30 hours’ after her arrest, and she plans to take civil action against the force.

What is Magna Carta and why is it wrong to quote Occupation ‘Section 61’?

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

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

But this did not last, leading to the First Barons’ War.

It was reissued several times in subsequent years, until 1297, making it part of the statutes of England.

But as the power of Parliament increased, it lost much of its importance. Now, only four of its sections are still in use.

Before the new lock down, some businesses looking at their business put up signs outside section 61 saying: ‘Any attempt to impose on oneself unlawful acts, statutes or legislative laws as an act of high treason’ Will be taken, for which you will stand trial before a jury of people and who is still on the gallows.’

However this section is still not one of those in use.

One legal expert, Rupert Beloff, tweeted that despite section 61 appearing in the 1215 edition, it was removed until it was reissued in 1216 and did not exist until the Magna Carta became statute in 1297.

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