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British Police Are Endearingly Warning People About The Dangers Of Pokémon Go

"A Zubat is in the alleyway! But who else is in that alleyway?"

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Pokémon Go is finally officially available in the UK.

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The game has been a huge success, capturing people's imaginations and sending Nintendo's stock price soaring.

After its launch in the US, police there began issuing safety advice that in some cases bordered on the hilarious.

Police over here are now following suit.

Derbyshire constabulary issued a note of caution to "users of the popular augmented reality game".

Derbyshire constabulary / Facebook

Don't accuse them of not doing their research.

Derbyshire constabulary / Facebook

Whilst looking for #Pokemon, take care near roads. Don’t just focus on your phone. #PokemonGoUK #PokemonGo #PlaySafe

Overall their warnings were extremely terrifying.

Even if you see a rare Charizard on private land, don’t trespass on private property whilst hunting for #Pokemon. #PlaySafe #PokemonGo

A Zubat is in the alleyway! But who else is in that alleyway. #PlaySafe #Pokemon. #PokemonGo

Sussex police admitted to having played Pokémon Go, albeit in an entirely safe and responsible manner.

#PokemonGO now in UK! We'll admit to having a play 😎 Gotta #CatchEmAll? Please take care and NEVER Pokemon&drive🚗📲🚫

West Yorkshire police made a cutesy yet ~serious~ graphic.

Top personal safety tips if you're out and about playing #PokemonGO today 📱 https://t.co/tx1e1ry4kI

"Enjoy Pokémon Go, but please stay safe."

Warwickshire police stepped up its Pokémon chat game.

Safety advice for Pokémon Go gamers - https://t.co/iaQlz1TM6e

"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," they said in a Facebook post.

Warwickshire police / Facebook

British Transport Police continued the tradition of police forces apparently mainly tweeting pictures of Kakuna, as they warned people to stay off train tracks.

#Pokemon trainers! Have fun completing your Pokedex...but be aware. Nothing is worth risking your life on the tracks

Police in Richmond, part of the Metropolitan police in London, took the jokes to level 15, however.

They said: "Don't Pokémon and drive. That egg won't hatch if you're driving. Remember it's onyx-acceptable and if you're caught – you risk a £100 fine and 3 points on your licence."

Richmond-upon-Thames police / Twitter

They also tweeted a picture of a fairly strong Drowzee, which suggests at least someone on the force is playing the game for real.

Richmond police / Twitter / Niantic

Police later tweeted to clarify reports that gamers were being told to stay away from hunting for a Gastly at the police station.

.@standardnews @EveningStandard Not entirely true! Everyone's welcome to visit! Just confirming (sadly) we're not a #PokeStop! 😢

Meanwhile, the NSPCC issued a guide for parents on keeping children safe while they're playing Pokémon Go.

It’s disappointing that child safety isn’t at the heart of #PokemonGo. Our tips on keeping your child safe https://t.co/vYuxntAcpY

"The game is designed to bring people together. Usually strangers. So you never know who they might meet," the guide says.


Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.

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