Arrests after police called to Hilsea Lido

Trespassers risk their health at outdoor pool in Portsmouth

Arrests after police called to Hilsea Lido

Two males have been arrested on suspicion of burglary at Portsmouth’s Hilsea Lido after police were called by a member of the public.

“They remain in custody at this time whilst investigations are ongoing,” said a spokesperson for Portsmouth Police’s Neighbourhood Team.

“We will be patrolling the area and speaking with the staff at the lido about repairs and assisting them with trying to prevent incidents.

“We rely on information from the public and would like to thank the person who called as this has led to some positive action being taken in this case.

“If anyone else witnessed the incident last night (Tuesday) then please call us on 101 and quote crime reference number 44200316897.”

Earlier in the month officers warned that trespassers at Hilsea Lido had been risking their health by swimming in stagnant water.

The outdoor pool is closed this year due to coronavirus and scorching weather prompted Portsmouth Police to remind people the water has not been treated for many months and could be a danger to health.

Hilsea Lido was built 85 years ago and is a fresh water lido. It was closed for a number of years but reopened after undergoing refurbishment under the control of Hilsea Lido Pool for the People. The group announced “with a heavy heart” back in July that it would not be opening the facility this year, but looked forward to welcoming people back in 2021.

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