THE annual appearance of poisonous algae at a popular beauty spot has prompted council bosses to issue a warning to 'avoid the water'.
Signs have been strategically placed around Branston Water Park by workers from East Staffordshire Borough Council in the hope that people will take notice of them and not swim in th water or let their pets take a dip to cool off during the summer months.
Despite the obvious warnings, reports have been received of people being spotted jumping into the water and also letting their pets swim in it.
Council bosses have urged Mail readers and users of the water park to adhere to the warnings.
A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: "We would ask visitors not to swim at the park or let their animals enter the water. However, if any visitors do come into contact with anything that has been in the water, they are advised to wash their hands immediately."
Visitors are being asked not to swim at the park or let their animals enter the water.
Anyone worried about algae at Branston Water Park or anyone who may have come into contact with it is urged to call the Environment Agency's incident hotline on 0800 807060, or East Staffordshire Borough Council on 01283 508657. The algae is naturally occurring and due to its poisonous nature, the council has to ensure the safety of visitors.