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Erith beauty business fined more than £1,500 after minor allowed to use sunbed

PUBLISHED: 09:07 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 19 July 2016

The case was heard at Bexley Magistrates Court

The case was heard at Bexley Magistrates Court

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The test purchaser was not challenged for her age or her ID

An Erith beauty business has been fined more than £1,500 after allowing a 16-year-old to use a sunbed.

In November last year, a 16-year-old female test purchaser went to Aphrodite Tanning and Hair in Bexley Road, Erith, and was able to purchase a sunbed session from a member of staff without challenge about her age and with no request for ID.

She was shown to a room where the sunbed was located and gave the impression that she had used it by turning it on and waiting until it switched off.

The case went to Bexley Magistrates’ Court on June 20, where Alan Cooper (48) of The Hillside, Pratts Bottom, Bromley, and Mrs Gemma Samantha Wilson (29) of Bexley Road, Erith, representing themselves and their company, Alectrona Goddess of Sun Ltd, Omega House, Main Road, Sidcup, entered guilty pleas.

Magistrates also heard that trading standards had made several attempts in the past to advise the business about its legal responsibilities regarding minors and to advise them to adopt Challenge 25.

In both 2010 and 2011 the business had been written to informing them about sunbed legislation and pointing out that, as of April 8, 2011, it would become an offence to allow anyone under 18 to use a sunbed.

The business was reminded about their legal obligations and Challenge 25 after twice allowing an 18-year-old test purchaser to use their equipment in 2012 and again in 2015.

Aphrodite Tanning and Hair and its directors have been given fines, charges and costs totalling £1,640.

After the case Councillor Peter Craske, Bexley’s cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “More than adequate previous warnings were given to this business about the need for vigilance in order to avoid selling sunbed sessions to minors.

“Bexley Trading Standards are to be commended for their hard work in cracking down on those who flout the law like this, putting young people at risk. Hopefully similar businesses will take note and operate Challenge 25 to avoid such situations.”

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