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Pokemon - 'choose safety' : police

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/07/2016

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Police are urging players of a new mobile Pokemon game not to let their pursuit of virtual monsters get them into real-world strife.

Pokemon Go was launched in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States last week on iPhone and Android devices, and allows players to discover and `catch' Pokemon in real-world locations.

Since then, reports have surfaced of a woman in the United States finding a dead body while looking for pokemon, while others have fallen off skateboards or walked into doors and trees.

Pokemon Go © MSN NZ Pokemon Go Police issued a statement on Monday, warning Kiwi players to "choose safety".

"We'd like players of the new Pokemon Go game to watch out for real-world hazards while using their phones to hunt Pokemon around our communities."

They reminded players to never use a phone while driving, and not to step on the road without looking.

"Watch out for others - particularly if they've got their noses buried in their phones."

However, police ended the warning on a light note, telling players to "stay safe and have fun".

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