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Lancashire top for Pokemon Go incidents logged by police

Posted on - 30th August, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, News
Players use their mobile phones to locate Pokemon

Players use their mobile phones to locate Pokemon

Lancashire Police has logged more incidents relating to Pokemon Go than any other force in the UK.

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Data acquired by the BBC from 29 forces across England and Wales showed that there have been hundreds of incidents since the game launched.

Of the 290 incidents reported in July, 39 of those came from Lancashire.

The crimes include robberies, thefts, assaults and driving offences. The game has recently added an update that urges players not to use the app while driving.

Read: Lancashire Police guidance for Pokemon Go users

Niantic, the developers of the game, have issued a statement saying they take player safety seriously.

It reads: “We encourage all people to be aware of their surroundings and to play alongside friends or family, especially when you’re exploring unfamiliar places,” he added.

“Please remember to be safe and alert at all times, don’t drive and play, abide by local laws and respect the locations you visit.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “People should avoid potentially dangerous locations that could make you vulnerable to injury or become a victim of crime.

“Never enter any body of water. Pokemon do not appear beyond the safety of the shoreline. And don’t enter derelict structures, unlit footpaths or alleyways.”

 

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