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Play safe with Pokemon Go

CARMARTHENSHIRE residents are being urged to play safely with new virtual reality game Pokemon Go.

The council’s road safety team want to raise awareness of potential safety issues after some youths were seen playing the game on a busy dual carriageway in North Wales.

Released in the UK last week, the game encourages players to catch virtual monsters found on real maps using GPS functions on smart phones.

Pokemon Go has become a world-wide phenomenon becoming the most successful game ever launched on mobile platforms.

Executive Board Member for community safety Cllr Pam Palmer said: “With the schools breaking up for the summer holidays there will be lots of young people out on the streets playing the game.

“We want to encourage players to use common sense whilst playing and make sure they are aware of their surroundings and any potential dangers. We don’t want to stop people having fun but please be safe and alert at all times.”

She added: “It should go without saying, but people should never drive and play at the same time.”

Parents are also being urged to make sure they know where their children are at all times when playing.

The following advice is being issued:

* Do not go to isolated areas alone
* Concentrate on the dangers around you and be careful when crossing the road – do not just focus on your phone
* Never play the game whilst driving
* Do not make yourself vulnerable: don’t be tempted to take your phone out in busy or unlit areas where you could be a target for thieves
*Do not trespass on private property

Parents: Please make sure you know where your child is at all times.