Tattoo artist accused of inking schoolchildren in his home arrested
by Greig Box-Turnbull
Published : April 8, 2011
UNITED KINGDOM – A TATTOO artist is led away in handcuffs after being accused of illegally inking children as young as 12.
Alan Newbon, 62, allegedly ran an unlicensed shop above his home for youngsters under the age of 18 to have tattoos.
He was busted after a police officer noticed a 16-year-old cadet had the words “mum” and “dad” inked on his wrists.
PC Gary Gunnell said: “I thought it was strange he had them on his wrists because you’d think if you were having a sneaky one done you’d have it where no one would see it.”
The boy, who paid £35 for his tattoos, described “a queue of schoolchildren” waiting to get Newbon’s designs.
“We know of at least three other victims but we think there have been more,” said PC Gunnell.
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And a neighbor said: “I’ve seen some kids who couldn’t have been much older than 12 or 13 leaving his house.”
But officers believe most of the youngsters Newbon tattooed were aged between 14 and 15.
Police raided Newbon’s studio in New Addington, Surrey, on Wednesday, finding business cards, inks, needles and stencils.
He claimed he was just storing equipment.
He was yesterday released on bail. The maximum fine for tattooing a person under the age of 18 is £50.
Source : Daily Mail