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Pokemon player entered stranger's house in 'monster hunt'

Published 08/10/2016

Norfolk Police recorded 19 Pokemon incidents in July and August
Norfolk Police recorded 19 Pokemon incidents in July and August

A man walked into a stranger's house in pursuit of monsters while playing the gaming craze Pokemon Go, it is reported.

When he was questioned about the incident, which took place in Norwich, he told police it was because he was playing the app.

It was among 19 Pokemon incidents recorded by Norfolk Police in July and August, with assaults, driving offences, noise nuisance and thefts also logged, BBC News said.

The data was released to the broadcaster under the Freedom of Information Act.

The BBC said other reports included a motorist driving "erratically" while Pokemon hunting, and in another incident a man's phone was snatched out of his hand while the offender distracted him by talking about the app.

Gamers have been involved in robberies, driving offences and a mass brawl since the augmented reality game hit Britain's streets.

Some 290 incidents were recorded by forces across England and Wales since the smash hit game launched in the UK on July 13, the BBC reported in August.

Pokemon Go uses a smartphone's GPS to create an augmented reality game in which players collect creatures known as Pokemon as they walk around the real world.

Gamers can visit locations known as Pokestops, which are usually local landmarks, where they can pick up free items to play the game.

Nintendo's stock skyrocketed following the success of the game, adding billions of pounds to the value of the company.

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