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Sri Lanka to deport British tourist over Buddha tattoo

Buddha statues in lotus positions seen in a temple in Sri Lanka. Credit: DPA

A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

Sri Lankan police said Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital, Colombo, after she arrived from India.

A police spokesman said she was arrested for "hurting others' religious feelings" after the tattoo of a Buddha seated on a lotus flower was spotted on her right arm.

Buddhism is the religion of the country's majority ethnic Sinhalese and Buddhist tattoos are seen as culturally insensitive.

After her arrest Coleman appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation.

The spokesman said she is currently being held at an immigration detention centre until deportation and said she would be removed "very soon - it could be tomorrow or the day after tomorrow".


Footballer offers to change name after fan tattoo error

Liverpool footballer Kolo Toure has offered to change his name after taking pity on a fan who had a misspelling of his surname tattooed on his foot.

Dom Pearson had earlier tweeted that he decided to get the tattoo after "far too many beers" but "the kn*b spelt it wrong."

Unlicensed tattoo parlours 'spread HIV and hepatitis'

A professional tattoo artist gets to work at the International Tattoo Convention in Germany Credit: Boris Roessler/DPA/Press Association Images

The Local Government Association says that unlicensed tattoo parlours across the UK are putting users at risk by using unhygienic equipment.

"People looking for a cheap tattoo by using them run the real danger of picking up a serious infection such as Hepatitis or HIV or permanent scarring from botched procedures that are often delivered by these dangerous imposters, said Councillor Mehbook Khan the chairman of the LGA

"Everyone likes a bargain but it is simply not worth the risk to save a few pennies. Ultimately, the tattoo may be cheap but disfigurement or a life-changing health condition could be the final price paid.