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Beauty salon owner prosecuted after 16-year-old booked sunbed session

PUBLISHED: 15:27 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:09 21 November 2013

A beauty salon owner was prosecuted for breaching sunbed rules following a trading standards sting operation.

Bexley magistrates heard how Havva Karamanli, 44, of Burnham Road, Dartford, trading as Jealousy Hair and Beauty in Upper Wickham Lane, Welling, had breached the regulations on sunbeds.

On July 22, a 16-year-old female test purchaser visited the shop to book a sunbed session, according to Bexley Council. She was served by the 12-year-old daughter of the defendant.

During the transaction no advice was given and no health-related questions were asked, the council has said.

Sunbeds are prohibited for use by under 18s.

Karamanli pleaded guilty to two charges relating to offering sunbed use to someone under the age of 18 and also of allowing a youth in a restricted zone.

The council said trading standards advised the defendant on several previous occasions that age and health checks should be carried out for the use of sunbeds.

The court heard that Karamanli has now retrained her staff to ensure the law is respected. She was fined £250 for each of the two charges, ordered to pay £400 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

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