Three students were robbed at knifepoint of their mobile phones while playing the hit new game Pokemon Go in Hulme, Manchester over the weekend.
Now police fear the game may be distracting players from personal safety and warned the public of the dangers of using the phone app.
The incident came just hours after police had just issued a warning that the app could provide another online avenue for criminals to exploit because it uses GPS technology
Police fear the app allows people to set up a ‘beacon’ which can then encourage other users to reach a specific venue.
Its advice to users included paying attention to your surroundings, especially in built-up areas, and ensuring parents talk to their children about using the app.
Pokemon Go is the latest craze in the mobile game industry that allows players to search for virtual Pokemons for points in their surrounding areas using GPS. The game is known to be very distracting as it has been reported that a lot of people have their heads down when playing and risk bumping into other people or knocked down by vehicles on the street.