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Owner of Belvedere salon fined nearly £1,000 after 16-year-old bought sunbed session

PUBLISHED: 12:59 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:59 19 May 2016

Abliss, Nuxley Road, Belvedere

Abliss, Nuxley Road, Belvedere

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The owner, from Erith, appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court earlier this month

An Erith woman has been forced to pay £991 after failing to ID two people who had bought a sunbed session at her Belvedere salon.

Denise Voice, of Colyers Lane, pleaded guilty to two offences, when it was discovered she had let a 16-year-old buy a sunbed session, while the legal minimum age is 18.

Bexley Trading Standards (BTS) had been alerted to the activities at Abliss, on Nuxley Road, after an 18-year-old had been allowed to purchase a session without her age being challenged or any ID requested.

Although no offence was committed, the business was warned by trading standards.

During a follow-up test purchase arranged by BTS, a 16-year-old volunteer was asked if she was over 18, but no proof of age was sought and she was allowed to purchase a sunbed session and enter the sunbed booth.

The 63-year-old pleaded guilty in writing at a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on May 9.

Bexley’s cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, Peter Craske, said: “The law is very clear on this matter. We hope other businesses will note the court’s decision so that people who are too young to use such products won’t be put at risk.

Magistrates fined Voice £400 for the offences. She must also pay £466 investigation costs, £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

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