Hundreds of Pokemon Go incidents logged by police

Hundreds of Pokemon Go incidents logged by police

    Hundreds of Pokemon Go incidents logged by police





    Pokemon Go players have been involved in hundreds of police incidents since the gaming app phenomenon launched, the BBC has learned.
    Robberies, thefts, assaults and driving offences were among 290 incidents recorded across England and Wales throughout July.
    Lancashire Constabulary logged 39 incidents - the highest figure from 29 forces that provided data.
    The force has reiterated safety advice for fans of the monster-hunting game.
    A spokesman for Pokemon Go developers Niantic also urged people playing the game to "abide by local laws".
    Data released to the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act revealed officers have dealt with complaints ranging from the disturbing to the bizarre.
    In some cases Pokemon players have been victims of crime, while others have been accused of committing offences or being involved in antisocial behaviour.
    Surrey Police attended reports of 30 people fighting after a Pokemon hunt turned into a brawl.
    Officers in north Wales discovered a man had invited children back to his home "as he had lots of Pokemon at his address".
    In Cheshire, concerns were raised about children walking over graves in a cemetery as they took part in the augmented reality craze.
    Both Greater Manchester Police and the Met noted incidents of Pokemon "lures" being set up, as robbers used the game to distract victims before snatching their mobile phones.



    British Transport Police recorded two incidents of children trespassing on railways while playing the game, while several drivers have been spotted playing the game behind the wheel.
    Other incidents were less clear. West Midlands Police referred to someone being "offered sexual favours" but provided no further detail.
    West Mercia Police recorded a "road accident while playing Pokemon" but declined to elaborate.
    A woman contacted West Yorkshire Police concerned that Pokemon characters were trying to "get into her home".
    Cumbria Police received a complaint regarding a picture posted on Facebook, in which "the image had been altered to depict the person as a Pokemon character".
    In another traffic-related incident, officers in Surrey discovered nine cars "parked across a junction" while looking for Pokemon.
    Police in Devon were called to reports of a motorist driving down one-way streets and "stopping in the middle of the road playing Pokemon".
    South Yorkshire Police said a Pokemon player had been punched and had their phone taken by three "unknown assailants".





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