Owner of unlicensed tattoo parlour in Harlesden fined £17k

Coco Tattoo and Body Piercing on Craven Park Road

Coco Tattoo and Body Piercing on Craven Park Road - Credit: Archant

The owner of an unlicensed tattoo and body piercing shop in Harlesden that treated an under age child has been fined more than £17,000.

Danny Cameron, of Lyon Park Avenue, Wembley, was prosecuted after he failed to listen to previous warnings from Brent Council following concerns about his shop Coco Tattoo and Body Piercing on Craven Park Road.

Willesden Magistrates Court heard health inspectors had spoken to him following complaints his shop had tattooed a 17-year-old, which is in breach of the Tattooing of Minors Act 1969.

It is illegal to tattoo anyone under 18.

Allegations were also made that he allowed an under-age worker to administer treatments.

Cameron has also failed to obtain a special licence needed to carry out treatment.

He was convicted of:

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• Operating a tattoo and body piercing ( special treatment ) business without the relevant licence

• Allowing unlicensed practitioners to carry out tattoos on members of the public

• Failing to properly train his staff

• Allowing an under-aged unlicensed body piercer to work unsupervised

Last week he was ordered to pay a total of £17,823.50 in fines and charges.

Cllr George Crane, lead member for environment at Brent Council, said: “Cameron ran a business where there was considerable potential for harm to members of the public. The offences continued over a long period of time. The heavy fine he received is a reflection of the gravity of the offences.

“Businesses such as tanning salons, tattoo parlours and ear-piercing operators require special licences to operate as these types of businesses have greater potential to harm staff and the public if proper safeguards are not put in place. Especially important safeguards are those that protect children and control against infection.

“We want the residents of Brent to know they are safe when visiting a special treatment business in the borough.