08/04/2011 08:21 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Sunbed Ban For Children From Today

children banned from sunbeds New regulations mean that children are now banned from using sunbeds and tanning booths.

From today, tanning shops and sunbed centres will be facing a fine of up to £20,000 if they allow children under 18 to use their facilities.

Shocking statistics reveal that six per cent of 11 to 17-year-old girls in England use sunbeds, the figure rising to 50 per cent of 15 to 17-year-olds in cities like Liverpool and Sunderland.

The Sun newspaper launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of sunbed use for children, and called for stiffer and tighter regulations.

Now, under new rules, tanning shop staff must ask youngsters for proof of age before allowing them to use the booths or beds. Failure to do so will result in a fine, with council making spot checks on premises.

The Sun reports that children as young as nine had been using their pocket money to buy time in tanning booths, often without the knowledge of their parents.

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