Police enquiries into four youths ‘acting suspiciously’ in Bury town centre in the early hours of the morning led to an interesting discovery - the group were actually playing mobile game Pokemon Go.
They tweeted about the incident which was at 2am and it appears the youths are the latest to be swept up in the new global phenomenon.
The game uses a smartphone’s GPS location and real-world maps to track players as they move around.
Players can visit ‘Pokestops’ - landmarks or buildings - and collect free items in the game.
The game has fast become a global craze but concerns have been raised about the app’s safety.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless has written to Pokemon Go’s owners urging them to guarantee the game will have safety measures to prevent adults using it to prey on children.
The charity is worried that offenders could target unsuspecting children by using the app’s geolocation feature to lure them into traps.
An NSPCC spokesman said: “It’s deeply troubling that the app’s owners have ignored many warning signals and well documented child safety concerns. It would have been better if they had taken time to reflect on these and put their young users first.”
The makers of the game - Niantic and The Pokemon Company - have encouraged users of the game to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends or family when exploring unfamiliar places.