Police in Rochford, close to Southend within the UK county of Essex, aren’t finest happy with the behaviour of Pokémon GO gamers within the area, accusing them of flaunting lockdown restrictions which cowl all the nation at current.
The power posted a social media assertion which has now been deleted, however was noticed by the Southend Customary (thanks, Eurogamer) and browse as follows:
While patrolling, our neighborhood policing group have had trigger to talk with quite a lot of totally different males aged 30+ during the last week, who appeared to really feel it’s acceptable to attend sure public locations inside the district, to hunt Pokémon.
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The put up was eliminated following feedback from individuals stating that these taking part in the sport have been inside their rights as they have been exercising, which is permitted. Nonetheless, others have additionally identified that whereas it is completely attainable to play Pokémon GO solo, the sport encourages individuals to group collectively to participate in raids, and due to this fact might trigger issues inside the present guidelines, which forbid assembly with a number of individuals, even when exterior.
In a press release, Essex police power mentioned it had responded to stories of individuals “making non-essential journeys within the Rochford space final week,” and that the tweet was deleted “to make sure the suitable degree of seriousness when sharing essential partnership and security messages concerning the pandemic.”