A Swansea independent cinema owner who admitted breaching Covid regulations has been told her fine could increase hugely.

Cinema & Co. owner, Anna Redfern, was given a suspended prison sentence in December and fined £15,000 at Swansea Magistrates' Court for breaching coronavirus rules.

Judge Paul Thomas QC told Swansea Crown Court the £50,000 that the 46-year-old crowdfunded could "form part of her means for the assessment of a fine".

Ms Redfern's appeal is expected to take place on May 13.

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In November, Ms Redfern had refused to enforce Covid passes when they became a legal requirement in cinemas in Wales. At the time she had described them as "an infringement on our human rights" and that she was “taking a stand” against the Covid pass scheme.

A court ruling on November 30 then shut down the Castle Street cinema.

Ms Redfern is now appealing against the £15,000 fine, on behalf of her cinema and personally.

The judge enquired about the figure "north of £50,000" received by Ms Redfern through an "online crowdfunder".

He said that she may have her fine reduced if the appeal is successful but also may have it "dramatically increased and be ordered to pay a substantial amount of costs" should her appeal fail.

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