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Thursday, 10 July 2014

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Illegal tattoo parlour shut down in Carlisle

AN ILLEGAL tattoo studio has been closed down by Carlisle City Council officers.

The unregistered tattoo artist was operating from a flat near Brunstock, Carlisle.

Following a complaint from a member of the public, city council officers applied to for a court order preventing the business from operating.

They said that, to protect the public, the order required the operator to cease tattooing immediately. It also allowed the council to seize and destroy all tattoo equipment at the premises.

Officers from the council’s environmental health team, accompanied by police, executed a warrant at the address on Thursday and seized a large amount of tattooing equipment.

Councillor Elsie Martlew, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “This is the second seizure of equipment from an unregistered tattooist by Carlisle City Council this year.

“All tattoo artists, both the individual and the premises, must be registered with the local authority to ensure that they are inspected and meet the strict infection control and health and safety standards we place upon them. Unregistered tattooing will not be tolerated in Carlisle and where evidence is brought forward we will take action to stop these people from trading.”

The council said the action follows an increase in reports of unregistered tattooists, and the major health risks associated with using them.

Dr Kenneth Lamden, Public Health England’s Cumbrian consultant in communicable disease control, said: “Unhygienic tattoo equipment carries a risk of infection. This includes developing serious skin infections resulting in permanent scarring or contracting blood-borne viruses including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, all of which have long term health consequences.”

Anyone who may have visited this tattooist or any unregistered operator should contact the city council’s environmental health team on 01228 817559 for advice.

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