Man stopped by police during lockdown as he drove 14 miles to play Pokemon Go
The police said Pokemon Go was not “Reasonable Excuse” to drive 14 miles during UK lockdown
A man in the UK has been fined £200 for leaving his house to play Pokemon Go during the UK national lockdown.
The man reportedly confessed quite easily and said he had driven from his home in Bedworth, to Kenilworth, 14 miles away, to look for Pokemon.
The police then fined him for “contravening the requirement to not leave or be outside the place they live without a reasonable excuse,” according to the BBC. “We would like to remind people they must not leave or be outside their home unless they have a reasonable excuse.”
With the daily UK COVID-19 cases and deaths still increasing, it is perfectly valid for these kinds of fines to be implemented. UK citizens are told to remain at home during this third national lockdown.
Pokemon Go was released back in 2016 and is a smartphone game which allows players to find pokemon in an augmented version of reality by using local map data to place the digital creatures on a lightly modified map of the real world. The game requires players to move to real places in order to play it, which may explain why the man in this news story felt the need to drive out to a different town to play it. You gotta catch 'em all!