Man arrested and de-arrested as Aron Walton is fined

A man has been ‘arrested and de-arrested’ as Holey Skin tattooist and lockdown rebel Aron Walton has finally been hit with a fine.

Walton has refused to close his Gloucester Road parlour during the second coronavirus lockdown imposed on November 5, saying he does not “consent” to the rules.

Mr Walton previously told a police officer he would “be issuing £10,000 fines for any more visits”.

But tonight (November 13), council chiefs handed him a fixed penalty notice, however it’s still not been revealed how big the fee is.

Six items from his studio were seized by Bristol City Council after they hired a locksmith to force entry to the Bishopston‘s shop.

Mr Walton told council chiefs he planned to “bill them for the damage” caused to his door following today’s action.

While being handed the the fine, by Senior Environmental Health Officer Heather Clarke, he said: “I do not consent, I do not accept it.”

Mrs Clarke then placed another document on a table, and Mr Walton replied: “Leave that evidence there for me, please.”

The tattooist shared footage of the incident on his Instagram account this evening.

A small group of protesters gathered outside, shouting criticism of the lockdown and Government during today’s action.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said: “We supported Bristol City Council earlier today while it executed a warrant at a business on Gloucester Road.

A man was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace before later being de-arrested once the warrant had been completed.”

A Bristol City Council spokeswoman said: “We are taking appropriate action to ensure the business is adhering to Covid-secure guidelines.”

Bristol Live reported yesterday that Mr Walton said police officers have visited the site several times since the lockdown.

During one visit on November 10, a police officer told Mr Walton: “I’ll leave you to it.”

Mr Walton has presented arguments to officers which appear to be rooted in the “freeman on the land” conspiracy theory that laws only apply to someone with their consent. No such argument has ever succeeded in court.

Common law is created by the judiciary through its decisions in the courts under the principle of binding precedent.

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But it is overruled by statutory law, the laws written and passed by Parliament – such as the Covid legislation – under the constitutional principle that Parliament is Sovereign.

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