Manchester Students Robbed Playing Pokémon Go




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Manchester Students Robbed Playing Pokémon Go

Three students in Manchester were mugged at knifepoint while playing Pokémon Go. The incident took place in Hulme Park at around 8pm on Friday night (15th July), less than 24 hours after Greater Manchester police warned players of criminals taking advantage of the augmented reality game.

The GMP Twitter account later confirmed that a man had been arrested in relation to the robbery:

“We know that criminals move quickly to exploit the latest developments to target victims and Pokémon Go will already be in their sights,” Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson from the Greater Manchester Police Public Protection Division told the Manchester Evening News. “There have already been incidents in America where young people are thought to have been targeted through the app.”

“I would urge parents to speak to their children about the app and the best ways to make sure they stay safe. Talking to your child is one of the best ways to keep them safe,” Det. Supt. Rawlinson added. “Online child sexual abuse and grooming is a rapidly growing problem and as part of Project Phoenix we continue to work with other partner agencies to raise awareness of the issues and provide advice and guidance on Internet safety, how to stay safe, spot the signs and how to report offences. Young people, parents, teachers and others need to know what to look for so they can raise concerns.”



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