North East MP hits out at 'disrespectful' Pokemon Go

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A North East MP has written to gaming company Nintendo over concerns that Pokemon Go is encouraging users to congregate in disrespectful locations including cemeteries.

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game on smartphones where players move around the real world in search of virtual characters.

In the latest versions, which is already proving to be a global phenomenon, players can visit Pokestops - typically landmarks or buildings - and collect free items in the game.

The aim is to catch Pokemon, which pop up along the way. The game provides an augmented reality experience, using the smartphone's camera to provide a live view of the world, with Pokemon superimposed.

Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, has raised issues with the Japanese gaming company following complaints from her constituents that the app was leading users into the local cemetery and war memorials.

The politician has also tabled a parliamentary question to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, asking what discussions have taken place with the firm about incidents of trespass or disrespecting of cemeteries or religious sites caused by players.

Ms Turley said said:

This is a huge mark of disrespect in an area where people are often paying their respects to either loved ones or those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in warfare.

Anna Turley MP