Pokémon Go makers asked to remove Birnbeck Pier from game

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 August 2016

Birnbeck Pier.

Birnbeck Pier.

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The Birneck Regeneration Trust has asked the makers of the Pokémon Go game to remove the derelict pier in Weston-super-Mare as a hotspot, after the RNLI was called out to rescue a group of youths.

Weston's lifeboat crew.Weston's lifeboat crew.

Six people risked injury on both the pier and island last week, leading to the Coastguard and RNLI being called out.

They told the police they were playing the latest mobile phone craze Pokémon Go.

To play, people must explore their surroundings to find the cartoon creatures. Some areas are hotspots called PokéStops, where people can find more Pokémon – including Birnbeck Pier.

The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust said it has contacted the game-makers Niantic to remove the pier as a PokéStop.

Pokemon Shelder at the Grand PierPokemon Shelder at the Grand Pier

A spokesman for the trust said: “We understand that people want to have fun and play Pokémon Go and we encourage people to enjoy this beautiful end of Weston but we don’t condone anyone putting their lives at risk along with the lives of the emergency services.

“This time the individuals were lucky, next time may be a different story.

“These people had to risk injury by climbing a steel fence to gain access, not only this but the buildings are in a perilous condition and are constantly being monitored for falling debris. The bridge is also extremely dangerous.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for their swift response to this incident which could very easily have become a tragedy.”

* Want to find some spots in Weston to play Pokémon Go safely? Here is our guide to the game.

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