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Pokémon Go players urged to stay safe in countryside

Pokémon Go Credit: PA

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is urging Pokémon Go players to take care when they use the app in the countryside.

They're also asking them to make sure they don't trespass on private property.

The group represents thousands of farmers, landowners and businesses in the north of England, and they've issued the following top tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Stick to designated public rights of way as marked on the map or sign posts
  • Keep dogs on a lead around farm animals and horses but let the lead go if they give chase
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Follow the Countryside Code

Carlisle church becomes Pokemon Go hotspot

Christ the King Church Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle church has been unusually busy - all because of the Pokemon Go craze.

People have been gathering at Christ the King in Harraby, which in the Pokemon world is classed as a 'gym'.

The aim of the game is for players to meet up and take part in virtual battles with their Pokemon characters.

Playing Pokemon Go Credit: ITV Border

Michael Docherty, Parish Priest of Christ the King, says players are welcome to pop into the church.

We'd welcome any players. The church is open morning through to evening. They can pop in, light a candle you know refresh themselves after fighting in the gym... whatever that means.

– Fr Michael Docherty, Parish Priest


WATCH: Richard Madeley revisits his time living in Cumbria

Richard Madeley started his career in television at Border nearly 40 years ago, and today he's been back in Cumbria to promote his new career as a novelist.

His latest book is set in the Lake District in the hot summer of 1976.

ITV Border's Matthew Taylor went to meet him.

Richard Madeley reminisces about his time in Cumbria

The television presenter and former ITV Border reporter Richard Madeley is in our region promoting his latest novel.

Richard Madeley's first television job was on Lookaround nearly 40 years ago, before he became a household name presenting This Morning.

He has based his new work of fiction, 'The Night Book', on his time living in Cumbria during the heatwave of 1976:

I just remember this experience as a young Londoner, an Essex Eastend boy, of falling in love with the Lakes. Just falling in love with the Lake District. I'd never been here before the weather was so incredible it was like being in the Italian Lakes. Windermere was like Como. I remember the Carlisle evening news headline Windermere warmer than the Med. The Lakes heated up in a superheated summer. It was almost a magical time for me.

– Richard Madeley
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