Salons face new inspections

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TANNING shops that allow under-18s to use sunbeds could be hit with fines of up to £20,000 under new rules.

The new Sunbeds Act 2010 came into force on April 8 and Breckland Council has announced it will be carrying out inspections in salons, gyms and hotels alongside Norfolk County Council.

Cllr Paul Claussen said the legislation would help to slow down the rising rate of skin cancer cases among young people.

“This new law will go some way to help reduce one of the biggest cancers among 15-24-year-olds.

“We want to protect under 18s from the dangers of sunbeds and reduce the number of young people getting skin cancer,” he said.

Sarah Shipley, Breckland Council principal environmental health officer, said: “We will be inspecting premises which provide sunbeds for general public use to make sure they are complying with the new law.

“We sent out information earlier in the year to all relevant businesses to make sure they are aware of the new legislation and understand their legal requirements.”