Finla Coffee Ltd, in the Plymouth suburb of Plympton, and owners Deanna Yates and Michael Pendlebury have appealed the judgment made on 7 July 2021 and £42k in fines and costs.
The three were each fined £10,000 and in addition, the business was ordered to pay £8,221 and the owners £2,002 each, respectively towards court and council investigation costs.
The charges, brought against them by Plymouth City Council, relate to 6 and 7 November 2020 when the business refused to close and stop selling food and drink.
Yates and Pendlebury have a GoFundMe page to help with legal costs, which has so far raised over £10k. On their company website they argue the prosecution is “unlawful” and claim there has been an “abuse of process”.
Neither Plymouth City Council nor anyone from Finla were available to comment.