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Pokemon Go prompts nine PSNI ‘calls for service'

Pokemon Go is one of the most popular smartphone apps of all time
Paul Ainsworth

SMARTPHONE app Pokemon Go sparked nine reports to the PSNI in just over two months.

In data released under the Freedom of Information Act, police said nine calls were made which required officers to investigate incidents involving the hugely popular game.

However, no offences were deemed to have occurred.

The augmented reality game sees players walk around catching and collecting virtual characters on their phones.

The app sparked a worldwide craze upon its July release, and within two months had been downloaded over 500 million times.

However, reports quickly emerged of crimes involving those playing the game – either as victims of offences including phone theft, or being responsible for criminal behaviour such as using their phone while driving.

Accidents were also reported involving people distracted by the game.

Earlier this month police in England and Wales said they had recorded 290 incidents involving the app, including robberies and even a mass brawl.

In Northern Ireland, Pokemon prompted nine “calls for service”, but a PSNI spokesperson added: “None of these resulted in an offence being recorded.”

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