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Teens risk health with online

Teenagers are putting themselves at risk of debilitating and potentially deadly blood diseases by buying DIY tattoo kits off the internet.

At £60 a time the kits come with ink, needles and designs, but there are no controls over age of the recipient, infectious diseases or cleanliness.

Children have contracted hepatitis from DIY kits, which are cheaper than visiting a professional, particularly if used several times.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) sounded the alarm after carrying out an investigation into tattooing trends and practise.

Professional parlours are legally required not to tattoo anyone under 18 and are licensed and inspected by local authorities. By contrast, Chinese-made kits often have no instructions.

Julie Barratt, CIEH director, said: “The age of consent goes out the window. You are not going to ask questions about health.

“You could be tattooing your mates all in one go and passing on infections. You wouldn't do this with anything else — you can't stroll into Boots and buy a needle.”

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