Le­gal blitz on sunbed shops who let kids tan

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Ian Fletcher

SUNBED sa­lons are flout­ing the law by al­low­ing chil­dren to get a tan.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers sent a 15 and 16- year- old into 12 shops un­der­cover – and they were al­lowed to use the beds in five of them.

The law states cus­tomers must be at least 18 be­cause ul­tra­vi­o­let rays given off by beds are a skin can­cer risk, par­tic­u­larly for the young.

Trad­ing s t an­dards of­fi­cers at Wi­gan Coun­cil, Gtr Manch­ester, where the checks were made, said ac­tion may be taken against rogue salon own­ers.

It said bosses were pre­vi­ously warned to check cus­tomers’ ages to stop chil­dren get­ting in.

Prof Kate Ardern, the coun­cil’s di­rec­tor for pub­lic health, said: “The risks are greater for young peo­ple. There is ev­i­dence show­ing that peo­ple who are fre­quently ex­posed to UV rays be­fore the age of 25 are at greater risk.

“We en­cour­age young peo­ple to use tan­ning creams or spray tans.” A BOY of eight swal­lowed a toy whis­tle and squeaked non-stop un­til sur­geons re­moved it from his throat, in Tu­cuman, Ar­gentina.

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