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WEDNESDAY 13 JULY 2011
Tattoo Parlour Raided

Police and Council officers have raided and closed down an unlicensed tattoo parlour operating out of the kitchen of a residential property in Longwood Road, Hertford..

The raid took place on Monday (11th July) and involved officers from Hertford Safer Neighbourhood Team and East Herts Council’s Environmental Health team, who executed a warrant at the address and seized a large amount of tattooing equipment. A 32-year-old woman is being dealt with by police.

PC Mark Bullen said: "We find it hard to believe that members of the public would place their trust and health in the hands of an unlicensed operator."

"We would urge anyone who is considering getting a tattoo to do their research and ensure they check that the person carrying out this procedure is licensed to practise."

East Herts Council’s Executive member for community safety and environment Malcolm Alexander added: "Anyone getting a tattoo from an unlicensed parlour runs the real danger of picking up a serious infection such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV. It’s not worth the risk. We would encourage anyone who has visited an unregistered tattooist to seek medical advice from their GP. We will work with the police to keep the residents of East Herts safe and clamp down on this sort of illegal activity."

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