VISITORS to a Hampshire beauty spot are being warned of toxic algae.

People visiting Testwood Lakes are being urged not to swim in the water due to an extreme level of blue algae.

The bacteria can be dangerous to both humans and dogs

And if ingested, can lead to sickness, dizziness, breathing difficulties and long term kidney and liver problems.

Police have warned there are no lifeguards at the attraction near Calmore

Swimmers are therefore you are putting themselves and others at risk.

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A post on the Totton Police Facebook page said: "So, why can’t you swim in the lake?

"There is an extreme level of blue algae in the lake, which can be dangerous to humans and dogs. If these toxins are ingested it can lead to sickness, dizziness, breathing difficulties and long term kidney and liver problems.

"There is no one to lifeguard you when you’re swimming, therefore you are putting yourself and others at risk.

"Also, who knows what objects lay at the bottom of the lake?"

During previous summers the lakes have been plagued by anti-social behaviour.

On Wednesday, police officers reportedly met at Testwood Lakes with the wardens, NFDC, Scout Leaders and the Testwood Lakes Sailability Chairman to discuss ASB related issues.

Last year, police found an increase in ASB which included swimming in the lakes, littering, disposable BBQ’s being lit and youth nuisance.

Police have stressed that Testwood Lake is a beautiful place and it is there for the public to enjoy, it is a Nature Reserve and it must be respected.