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Pokemon Go map for UK and Ireland shows players where to catch 'em all

Pokemon Go fans, desperate to catch 'em all, can rejoice as the quest to hunt down Scyther or Electabuzz has been made easier thanks to a crowdsourced Google Map.

The map above, which can take a few seconds to load, should help players find the best Gyms, rare Pokemon and Pokestops.

Pokemon Go is Nintendo's first foray into the mobile gaming market and has emerged as a global craze with players hooked to their handsets since it launched in the UK, Ireland, US, Australia and New Zealand.

The game is now available in 35 countries and was released in the UK on July 14.

In the augmented reality game developed by Niantic and The Pokemon Company, players travel around the real world to capture and train creatures known as Pokemon - the most famous of which is Pikachu.

However, its release has triggered warnings from the NSPCC and police in London amid fears that it could be putting the safety of gamers - including children - at risk.

The app is free, making money by asking gamers to buy additional content once they have started playing.

Nintendo is best known for its gaming franchise Super Mario Brothers and its console the Wii U, which it launched in America in November 2012.

Nintendo shares rocket

Shares in Nintendo jumped 14% on Tuesday as the soaring  popularity of the augmented reality smartphone app showed no sign of abating.

The computer games giant's share price closed at 31,700 yen (£226.69), meaning its market value has now more than doubled to 4.5 trillion yen (£32 billion) since it was launched in America on July 6.

It comes after the Japanese company recorded its biggest gain since revealing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1983 when shares closed up 24.5% at 20,260 Japanese yen (£152.28) on July 11.

Neil Wilson, markets analyst at ETX Capital, warned that the firm could be entering "bubble territory" and its rally may start to falter soon.

He said: "The increase in the firm's market capitalisation - which has doubled to 42 billion US dollars - means it's bigger than Hermes, Sony, Yahoo and Glencore.

"But we're in bubble territory now - the stock's vertiginous rally may not last. What goes up this fast usually comes down with a bump.

"Pokemon Go is a game-changer for Nintendo - a clear sign that it's embraced the smartphone gaming revolution."

But he added: "To old City hacks, the share's bounce looks a little overdone and it's broken so far clear of any support levels that a fall could be nasty for those who bought into the rally."

PSNI warning

On Monday the PSNI issued a warning after a road user was caught trying to catch Pokemon in her car with her little sister while driving along at a dangerously slow 15mph.

A post on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page read: "We too are loving trying to 'catch em all' but please folks, be careful.

"I've come across groups of kids out in the dark, cars parked up in weird and wonderful places and the most frightening, someone cruising slowly about in the car because her wee sister wanted to catch some Pokemon."

It continued: "Pokemon Go is not designed to be played from a vehicle that's moving on a road. This is a massive road safety issue, at best, it's careless.

"You can't cruise about the road at 15mph, its far too dangerous folks, regardless of the time of day.

"Have fun, catch as many as you can, and get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts. And if anyone can tell me where there's a Pikachu (one of the most sought after rare Pokemon) ... it'd be much appreciated."

This is now the second warning Craigavon police have issued after receiving a 999 call about a lost Pokemon last week.

In an exasperated online post they said: "OK, we get it, a lot of people have caught the Pokemon Go bug.

"If you have, great, but a couple of points from ourselves: 'I need help catching this Pokemon' is not really a police matter, and definitely not one for the 999.

"If you find one near a road, look left and right before crossing, rather than staring just at the screen and aimlessly wandering. Pokemon may be virtual reality, but cars are very real, and very sore."

They added: "So, if you're Pokemon Go-ing out in public, please watch where you're going. Don't set your phone down or make yourself a target for pickpockets or thieves.

"Finally, 'But there's a Zubat in there' is not an excuse for breaking into someone's house, or even wandering round their property.

"Make sure you have permission from any property owner before you go hunting."

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