7th Dec, 2016

Stratford Pokémon Go gamers told to put safety before ‘catching them all’

Stratford Editorial 15th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A POLICE officer has issued a warning to ‘phone zombies’ hooked on the Pokémon Go game.

The mobile phone game is the latest craze and involves walking around and ‘catching’ a Pokémon character.

But PC Craig Purcell of Warwickshire Police is concerned people may be more interested in their phone than looking at where they are going.

He has seen how it has hooked children and adults alike and is concerned people are forgetting to put their safety first.

PC Purcell said: “I have no idea how this game has hit England yet because I’ve been in Florida for a couple of weeks. I have seen that it seems to have taken control of a ridiculous number of mobile phone owners in Florida. It’s all over the news and I saw phone zombies everywhere.

“It might seem like a bit of a silly safety warning but when you start seeing how kids and adults are walking around glued to their phone screens you might change your mind.

“Please remember that your safety comes before catching that Drowzee or Squirtle. Let someone know where you’re going, be aware of your surroundings and follow all normal road safety advice.

“For grown ups playing – we hope it goes without saying but under no circumstances is it OK to catch Pokémon whilst you’re driving.”