Warning as Pokemon teeters on cliff edge

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People are being warned against getting too close to the cliff edge at Birling Gap in search of virtual Pokemon Go characters.

Fans of the game say there is a character lurking dangerously beyond the warning fence at an unsafe part of the cliff, which suffered a massive erosion after last year’s storms.

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One concerned parent said gameplayers had to lean over the safety fence to collect the Pokemon on their game.

“It’s an invitation to people to get closer to a very unsafe edge and could endanger life,” said the parent.

“People can be very unwise in letting their children get too close to the edge anyway, but this is just asking for trouble.”

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game on smartphones which has millions of people worldwide obsessively capturing small creatures in public spaces.

It works by showing you a picture of real surroundings as caught by the phone’s camera, then superimposes virtual characters with players catching monsters in physical places designated “Pokestops” and training them in “gyms”.

Unlike most smartphone games, it requires players to walk around in their hunt, leading to official requests around the world for people to be kept away from locations for safety or sensitivity reasons.

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