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Pokemon Go Sparks Spate of Sex Attacks, Robberies & Trespassing

Published on September 1, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

© Kim Kyung-Hoon


Police have been called to hundreds of incidents related to Pokemon Go since the popular app was launched in Britain last month, including cases of sexual assault, trespassing, robbery and road accidents.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the BBC has revealed the true impact of the phenomenally successful Pokemon Go app.

Forces across the UK have logged 300 criminal offenses, the highest number of which were recorded by Lancashire Police, which recorded 39 incidents.

In some cases players have been victims of crime, but in other instances they have been accused of breaking laws.

In London, police were called to Blackheath Common shortly after midnight last week after a scuffle broke out between a Pokemon player and a naked man having sex with a woman in the park.

Police forces in Manchester and London warned of professional thieves using the game to lure victims to a secluded spot, where they distract the players and snatch their mobile phones.

South Yorkshire Police said there was an incident of a Pokemon Go player being punched in the head and having their phone stolen by three “unknown assailants.”

Officers in North Wales discovered a man who had invited children back to his home, claiming he “had lots of Pokemon at his address.”

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