Police officer tells lockdown breach tattoo artist Aron Walton: ‘I’ll leave you to it’ – Bristol Live

Posted in Tattoo Shop on Nov 15, 2020

A police officer told a Bishopston tattoo artist she would "leave him to it" after five days of him refusing to close his studio.

Aron Walton announced on November 1 that he would be keeping Gloucester Roads Holey Skin open, in breach of the second coronavirus lockdown.

Police and Bristol City Council responded by saying they would ensure rules are followed, but the tattoo parlour has continued to open since the restrictions came in on November 5.

UPDATE: Authorities have used a locksmith to force entry to Holey Skin.

Avon and Somerset police say the council is leading the response to Holey Skins breach.

Mr Walton shared an Instagram video on November 10, showing a police officer visiting the business and speaking to him through the glass of the front door.

When the police officer asked what he was doing, the video shows Mr Walton reply: "I'm working."

She pointed out the council and police had issued him a prohibition notice on November 6, demanding he close the parlour immediately.

But Mr Walton replied: "I haven't accepted any prohibition order. I am a living man and I do not consent.

"I have a sworn affidavit... as from tomorrow it will be a 10 grand fee for any visit from the council or police."

He added: "This land is governed by consent and we do not consent."

The officer said: "OK. Yeah, that's fine."

Mr Walton revealed he is a father of six, to which the officer said: "Yeah no, I understand it is really difficult. We just have to enforce these guidelines."

He told her: "This is not a criminal matter... I know they're getting you to do stuff, but your hands are tied."

The video shared by Mr Walton shows her respond: "I'll leave you to it. Have you got customers in today?"

Mr Walton declined to answer further questions, then the officer thanked him and walked away.

He posted more Instagram footage on November 11, showing another officer attending in what Mr Walton called the "seventh visit".

The tattoo artist told her: "I made it quite clear on my Instagram account I will be issuing 10,000 fines for any more police visits."

He said he would just give her a warning "out of the goodness of [his] heart", adding: "I have an affidavit of truth."

Mr Walton then launched into a four-minute tirade, falsely claiming "common law" means he does not need to obey lockdown.

"I did not know that was the response I was going to get," the officer replied.

She asked him to make a note of her visit and said she would "feed it back in".

"I really appreciate this chat and I will not be issuing you a 10 grand fine," Mr Walton said.

The officer replied: "That's fine. As long as you've got my details and you're happy with that, then I'm going to go."

The footage then showed Mr Walton describing the exchange as "perfect", while a man with him said: "Now that's what you call a nice police officer."

Mr Walton's arguments 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. However, 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.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "Any blatant or deliberate breach of the Covid-19 legislation is both reckless and inconsiderate to the wider efforts of our communities to stop the spread of the virus.

UPDATE: Locksmith forces entry to Aron Walton tattoo studio Holey Skin as police guard the scene

Were continuing to work closely with the local authority on this matter and we remain fully supportive of the action theyre taking to ensure this business complies with the legislation.

A council spokeswoman added: We are talking appropriate action to ensure the business is adhering to Covid-secure guidelines.

Lockdown laws say non-essential businesses like tattoo studios must close and households are banned from mixing indoors.

The BBC reports breaching a prohibition notice can lead to a fine of up to 5,000. Bristol Live has asked authorities what action will be taken against Holey Skin.

Groups of people have continued to enter the studio during the second lockdown. Some have been seen inside without masks.

Mr Walton is a member of Covid-denying group Stand Up Bristol, which plans to hold an anti-lockdown protest and march starting on College Green at the weekend.

Police say they will not "stand by" after the conspiracy theorists ignored Sgt Stephen Bell's warning they could be issued with 10,000 fines over the gathering.

In recent days, Holey Skin has shared a series of unfounded conspiracy theories on social media, including a video titled "Covid doesn't exist" and another falsely suggesting the Magna Carta is a defence to lockdown.

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Mr Walton said he encouraged "every business" to ignore the restrictions in a Facebook video.

In September, Stand Up Bristol threatened to seize public buildings if Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees did not respond within a month to its anti-lockdown demands. No buildings have been seized.

Earlier that month, Mr Walton claimed he flew from Zante to Bristol Airport on an easyJet flight carrying three passengers who later tested positive for Covid-19.

UPDATE: Locksmith forces entry to Aron Walton tattoo studio Holey Skin as police guard the scene

Bristol Live revealed he kept going into his tattoo shop in the following days. He said he did not consent after Test and Trace identified him as a contact of someone who tested positive.

Holey Skin has been approached for comment.

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