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6th Jul, 2022

Droitwich card shop which refused to close during Covid lockdown and had to pay £44k wins court appeal

Ashleigh Osborne 28th Feb, 2022 Updated: 2nd Mar, 2022

A DROITWICH card shop which refused to close during the national Covid lockdown has had the £44,000 fine overturned after the owners appeal the court ruling.

Alasdair Walker-Cox, proprietor of Grace Cards and Books, located in St Andrew’s Square Shopping Centre was found guilty of four breaches of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 which he had previously pleaded not guilty to.

The ruling was overturned on Friday (February 25th) by Judge James Burbidge QC.

Mr Walker-Cox said: “Obviously I’m relieved.

“It’s a weight lifted off our shoulders and I’m glad we don’t have it hanging over our heads anymore.

“We just want to carry on.”

Mr and Mrs Walker-Cox argued that they were an essential shop as they sold items available in WH Smith which was allowed to stay open during the pandemic.

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