A MUM is furious after her 14-year-old son had a tattoo in Doncaster, she claims.
Kelly Hodges told the Free Press her eldest son Callum Lees came back from a shopping trip sporting the tattoo on his right shoulder in memory of his grandfather. His friend of the same age also had a tattoo at the same studio, the 31-year-old said.
Having complained to Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Police, Miss Hodges feels she is being pushed from pillar to post because the council’s licensing department needs a statement from Callum stating where he was tattooed before an investigation can take place, however he has refused.
“Callum is still a child and has not stopped growing yet. I’m so furious than an adult who has a responsibility to do their job legally has been so ignorant and irresponsible,” said the mum-of-four from Edlington Lane, Warmsworth.
“I didn’t know that was what Callum was going for, if I would have I would not have let him go. He certainly didn’t get parental permission.
“He’s spoken about getting a tattoo before and I told him he could when he was 18. I hit the roof when he came back.
“Callum is tall for his age but he certainly doesn’t look 18.”
The Sir Thomas Wharton College pupil paid £15 for the tattoo two days after his 14th birthday in memory of his grandfather John Lees who died around six years ago.
“It’s a nice sentiment but it’s there for life. I’m furious that the tattoo studio didn’t stop it for the sake of £15,” Miss Hodges said.
“If I can only make other parents aware of this happening, then maybe I can stop a child from getting something that they may regret for the rest of their lives.”
Under the law people have to be 18 before they can be tattooed.
A council spokesman confirmed Miss Hodges had complained and said the authority needed a statement from Callum.
Miss Hodges said that having reported the offence to the police, she was told nothing could be done because Callum had gone into the studio on his own free will.