A woman in northern England called police because she was afraid that characters from the augmented reality “Pokemon Go” game were trying to invade her property.
The unidentified caller’s bizarre complaint was one of 290 Pokemon-related incidents that police departments in the United Kingdom logged in July, the BBC reported.
Officers in Surrey broke up a mass brawl of 30 people after a Pokemon hunt turned violent, while a man in north Wales allegedly invited children to his home by saying “loads” of Pokemon were there.
In Manchester and London, criminals used the game to lure victims to specific locations and then stole their cell phones. Elsewhere, police caught Pokemon-chasing children trespassing on railway lines and drivers who stopped their vehicles haphazardly in a bid to snare the virtual creatures.
Cheshire Police Sgt. Neil Dewson-Smyth described the number of incidents as “worrying.”
“It was out in America first and there seemed to have been a few problems there,” Dewson-Smyth told the BBC, which obtained the data via a Freedom of Information Act request.
“Nationally and internationally, I’m well aware of quite a few circumstances that have come up,” Dewson-Smyth added. “But for me, the key message is do not play it while driving. It’s a fun game, but play safe and don’t put lives at risk.”
The “Pokemon Go” game has become one of the world’s most popular downloaded apps, but it’s also generated dozens of headlines.
A Florida homeowner opened fire on two teens playing the game after mistaking them for burglars. In Japan, a truck driver playing while driving hit two women, killing one and injuring the other. Players also discovered a naked woman vandalizing a church statue and found a dead body while immersed in the game.