Northants Police issue advice for Pokémon Go players

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Northamptonshire Police is urging players of the latest craze in mobile games to avoid trespassing on private property.

With the new Pokémon Go game being released in the UK officers have reminded people not to inadvertently trespass onto private land while playing.

They are also warning people that, due to the current threat levels, anybody found on a police site for non-police business and without authorisation will be challenged.

The app game sees people using their mobile phones and tablets to search the real world, catching characters and fighting battles.

A police spokesperson urged players to concentrate on the real world when catching Pokémon, and issued the following advice:

- Don’t make yourself vulnerable. Don’t be tempted to take your phone out in busy or unlit areas where you could be a target for thieves

- Concentrate on dangers around you and be careful when crossing the road – don’t just focus on your device.

- Never play the game while driving.

- Don’t trespass on private property.

The NSPCC have also issued a warning. Their spokesperson said: “Children should make sure their parents know where they are going when playing and parents should look to speak to their children about associated risks.

“People using this new app should exercise caution and just take a minute to think about where they are going and what the environment around them is like.”

The UK Safer Internet Safety Centre have issued safety advice about the app.