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Schoolgirl left with burns after using sunbed

30th January 2013

A gym owner has been fined £500 after a 15-year-old girl suffered serious burns after using a sunbed illegally.


Under 18-year-olds are not allowed to use sunbeds by law, but the girl was permitted to use the tanning device for two separate 10 minute sessions over two days at the Olympic Power Mill on Hornby Street in Bury.

She was not asked for proof of age or given protective eyewear before she used the sunbed.

Bury Magistrate's Court was told she came up in blisters and suffered intense pain from the burns, before being admitted to hospital.

She said: "The pain was 10 out of 10. It was unbearable and I could not walk or get out of bed. It was excruciating."

The girl visited the gym with a friend and explained how she "asked to go on the sunbed and that was it".

Hermione Lawson, of the British Skin Foundation, told the Daily Mail: "The fact is that you can never be too sure of how much risk you’re putting yourself in when using a sun bed." 

"Recent research found that nine out of 10 sunbeds in England fail to meet British and European safety standards. If young people are intent on looking tanned, there are alternatives to sun beds that don’t carry the same risks, spray tanning and self tanning creams being two good examples."

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