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Algae bloom closes James Hamilton Heritage Park loch

James Hamilton Heritage Park
Image caption Water sports on the loch have been suspended until further notice

Water sports have been suspended at James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride after a routine inspection of the loch detected blue/green algae.

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture said the action was a precautionary measure for health and safety reasons.

Blue-green algae can cause stomach upset, skin rashes and eye irritation.

The algal scum can also be harmful to animals and dog walkers have been warned to keep their pets out of the water while the algae is blooming.

The path around the loch and the cafe will remain open during the suspension period.

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