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Northern Ireland first as woman is prosecuted over sunbed use

Published 15/12/2015

Using sunbeds at an early age has been found to increase the chance of skin cancer
Using sunbeds at an early age has been found to increase the chance of skin cancer

A woman has been prosecuted over allowing someone under the age of 18 to use a sunbed in what's thought to be the first case of its kind in Northern Ireland.

Donna Howie, owner of the Belladonna Salon on Grosvenor Road was prosecuted under The Sunbeds (Northern Ireland) Act 2011.

The prosecution was brought by Belfast City Council after a person under the age of 18 was sold a sunbed session at the business on August 12, 2015.

Howie, was issued with a fixed penalty notice and a £250 fine at the time.

However, she failed to pay the fine and the case was heard at Belfast Magistrates' Court today.

The business owner was fined £300 and ordered to pay the court costs of £69.

The Sunbeds Act (NI) 2011 was introduced because of the growing evidence of health risks associated with sunbed use.

The dangers associated with sunbed use include skin cancer with young people particularly vulnerable.

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