Pokémon Go leads New Zealand players to Hells Angels club

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Police have issued a warning to players of the popular new smartphone game after the hunt for the virtual creatures led some users off the beaten track

Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin

New Zealand devotees of the new smartphone game Pokémon Go have been warned by police to use their common sense after being led to the gate of a Hells Angels headquarters.

Since being released last week the Pokémon Go game has taken off in New Zealand and worldwide.

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New Zealand police have issued multiple warnings about the addictive app after people swam and kayaked out to a “Poké gym” in the middle of Oriental Bay in Wellington, gathered outside public toilets at night, and turned up at the headquarters of Hells Angels in Whanganui – all in the name of the game.

The New Zealand Herald reported that a man who answered the gate at the Hells Angels club did not know what Pokémon Go was and told players to “go talk to the police”.

In a statement New Zealand police said: “Like anything we would remind people to be aware of their surroundings and be wary of visiting unfamiliar locations, or going on to private property in search of a cartoon character.”

Lilia Alexander, who runs the Pokémon Go New Zealand Facebook fan page, has organised 21 nationwide events this coming Saturday for fans to hunt for the virtual creatures together.

So far 10,000 people have said they will attend.

“I think this game is a good step towards changing gaming towards a more social activity,” said Alexander. “People are getting exercise because of the game, and socialising because of the game, so that’s a great advancement, it is much healthier.”

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