Ellesmere Port is the Pokémon Go police incident hotspot of Cheshire.
With the gaming app phenomenon captivating millions around the world, The Chronicle asked Cheshire police whether it was all fun and games or whether some players had found themselves on the wrong side of the law thanks to their creature-catching attempts.
A total of 17 incidents involving Pokémon Go have been logged since it exploded on to the gaming scene in the UK in July, according to information released by the force following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Anti-social behaviour was the most commonly complained of offence, but others include suspicious activity, criminal damage, trespassing and even one ‘violence/harassment/threat to life’.
Of all the towns in Cheshire where such incidents have been recorded, Ellesmere Port had the highest at five.
Gamers were reported to have been making a nuisance of themselves in a cemetery there on one occasion in July.
While Chester was home to just one offence, which was road-related.
A Cheshire Constabulary boss has warned of the potential risks gamers may encounter while out hunting Pokemon characters.
“We have seen reports about some of the incidents relating to Pokémon Go in other countries where virtual reality has become a virtual nightmare,” said Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts.
“We’d like to think people will use their common sense and focus on their surroundings, not their device, while they’re outside.
“I’d agree that you obviously don’t use it while driving, and don’t be tempted to take your phone out in busy or unlit areas where you could become a target for thieves.
“There is also some concern over data privacy, such as your location being shared with third parties – which could put users at risk.
“I’d advise that you have a look at getsafeonline.org before you get started so you are clear on how to protect your personal data and yourself.”