Outside a gym, well-built visitors in athletic shoes, hard hats and ill-fitting high-vis jackets are seen

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A gym that was taken to court and charged with failing to close the clasp during the second lockdown raised eyebrows when people were portrayed outside of tracksuits, trainers and ill-fitting high-vis jackets.

Spartans Gym in Southampton was charged with failing to follow reasonable instructions from a relevant person and was banned in November last year.

And in December, up to 60 people were seen walking in and out of the property, despite the Tier 4 lockdown requiring gyms to be closed. At the time, Spartans had denied it was open, saying those who entered were painters and decorators.

Photos now show people wearing sweatpants, high-visibility jackets and hard hats outside the gym. A witness claimed that more than 20 people had come and left the site, despite the lockdown prohibiting the use of gyms.

MailOnline approached the gym for comment on the claim that it was still operating despite the closure.

An automatic response from Spartans was, “In accordance with government guidelines and rules, Spartans is now closed.

Photos show people wearing high visibility coats outside the Southampton property

Many of those pictured outside Spartans Gym were wearing track pants and trainers

Pictured: outside Spartans Gym

Many of those pictured outside Spartans Gym were wearing track pants and trainers

Spartans spokesman said: ‘In accordance with government guidelines and rules, Spartans is now closed’

Pictured: A man outside Spartans Gym in Southampton.  Spartans spokesman said: 'In accordance with government guidelines and rules, Spartans is now closed'

Pictured: A man outside Spartans Gym in Southampton. Spartans spokesman said: ‘In accordance with government guidelines and rules, Spartans is now closed’

“We kindly ask members to support us in this where possible so that we can remain open, in the future a discounted membership will be offered to anyone who continues to support us.”

MailOnline has asked for clarification or the gym denies staying open, but has received no further comment.

The same amount at the end of December last year as 60 people walked in and out of the family-run site, despite the area falling below level 4 – forcing all gyms and sports facilities to be closed.

The gym had denied it was open to MailOnline and claimed that those who entered were painters and decorators.

Spartans had said, “We’re closed, but doing a lot of maintenance and also trying to paint, taking advantage of being closed … people coming and going will work.”

Spartans Gym and his ‘boss’ Josh Gosling appeared before Southampton Magistrates Court on November 13.

The photos now show that people outside the building are wearing high visibility jackets

Pictured: outside Spartans Gym in Southampton

Photos now show people wearing high visibility coats outside the Southampton property

Gym 'boss' Josh Gosling (pictured) appeared in Southampton Crown Court on Nov. 13, accused of violating coronavirus laws - but claimed he was just a passionate gym member

Gym ‘boss’ Josh Gosling (pictured) appeared at Southampton Crown Court on Nov. 13, accused of violating coronavirus laws – but claimed he was just a passionate gym member

But in a strange twist, when he appeared in court charged with violating coronavirus laws, Gosling denied owning the gym, claiming he was just a passionate member.

Spartans Gym was first brought to the attention of authorities on the morning of November 5 following reports that the gym was failing to comply with the law during the second lockdown.

Officers handed over documents and warned a man they believed was the manager that he would be taken to court if he continued to disobey the rules.

Gosling, who appeared in court, pleaded not guilty to two counts of not following reasonable instructions from a relevant person, alleging that he had no jurisdiction to decide whether to keep the gym open.

Spartans Gym faced the same charges, although it was not clear who owned the business, with Gosling saying it is now owned by a man named ‘Dean’.

Government documents show that someone named Dean Little, 34, was appointed director on July 1, 2020.

Spartans Gym was first brought to the attention of authorities on the morning of November 5 following reports that the gym was failing to comply with the law during the second lockdown.

Spartans Gym was first brought to the attention of authorities on the morning of November 5 following reports that the gym was failing to comply with the law during the second lockdown.

Gosling had said to the judge, “First of all, I don’t know why I’m here. I am not a manager. I have no status. I am just a passionate member of the gym. I care. ‘

When asked why police officers and Southampton City Council staff thought he was the manager, Gosling said he had just been in the gym when they showed up.

He continued: ‘I got up and talked about my thoughts on what should happen to gyms in the UK.

“I don’t own the gym … I don’t believe what the government has done is correct.”

A hearing before Gosling and Spartans Gym was postponed until January 27 when a full trial was due to take place – but the charges against them were dropped, according to the Daily ultrasound

Court documents showed that the crimes against Gosling and Spartans were being dropped.

Spartans Gym Southampton Limited had no company officers at the time and the board said in late January that it was investigating other lines of investigation that could lead to further legal proceedings.

It is not clear whether further action has been taken since then.

Southampton City Council has been approached for comment.