Residents desperate to get a tan at a Spalding salon have been known to “throw stuff” when refused treatment.
The shocking statement comes as latest statistics show the number of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the East Midlands is five times higher than the 1970s.
This rise is being blamed on an increased use of sun beds and holidays abroad. An estimated 86 per cent of cases in 2010 linked to UV exposure .
The Electric Beach, Spalding, advertise sun beds from 37p a minute but inside the store is a sign reminding customers to check their skin type and risks before tanning.
Jess Parkinson, who works there, said: “We see a mix of people everyday, from 18-70 year olds, men come in too, even builders.”
The salon restricts who uses sun beds and the length and regularity of visits but Jess says that doesn’t stop people going to another salon and still overdosing on UV rays.
Among the restrictions they refuse under 18s usage but Jess said others are not so strict and turning people away is hard: “I’ve had people throw stuff at me and had to force them out the door.”
Many customers use the beds to build a resistance before going on holiday.
Ana Pintor (19) was visiting for the first time ahead of a trip to Portugal. She said she feels beds are more controlled than laying in the sun.
“I wanted to make sure my body was used to it before going out in the direct sun. I don’t want to burn and not be able to enjoy my holiday.”
Eight out of ten people recover from malignant melanoma, among the highest survival rate for any cancer.