Youths warned about Welwyn Garden City lake swimming

PUBLISHED: 16:37 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:48 03 August 2018

A duckling at Stanborough Lakes, WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

A duckling at Stanborough Lakes, WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Police have given “strong words of advice” to youngsters caught taking a dip in a Welwyn Garden City lake that is closed to swimmers.

Swimming is currently suspended at Stanborough Park’s South Lake due to a bloom of blue-green algae that managers are currently monitoring.

The ban on jumping in is a precautionary measure in case the algae, which is currently safe, turns toxic.

A spokesperson from GLL, which manages the lakes, said today on Facebook: “We are really sorry but following further water testing the recent weather conditions are still adversely affecting the water quality at Stanborough, we have taken the precautionary measure to cancel this session.

“We are constantly re-testing the water to check these levels.

“We will keep you updated with further information and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

• READ MORE: Swimming suspended at Welwyn Garden City lake due to algae

Welwyn Hatfield North Police were called after the youngsters jumped in.

In a pair of tweets at 4.19pm, they said: “Called to Stanborough Park for youths jumping in the lake.

“Blue-green algae can thrive in these hot conditions so all given strong words of advice about the potential dangers.”

They also urged parents to warn their kids about the potential dangers - “especially if they come home wet this evening!”

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