Three students have been robbed at knifepoint of their mobile phones while playing Pokemon Go.
The individuals were targeted in Hulme, Manchester, on Friday night just hours after Greater Manchester Police (GMP) warned of the dangers of using the phone app.
The force had said it was concerned that the app could provide another online avenue for criminals to exploit.
Its advice to users included paying attention to your surroundings, especially in built-up areas.
GMP City Centre tweeted: ‘GMP warning on Pokemon Go risks soon confirmed as 3 students robbed of phones in Hulme last night chasing Pokemon.’
The robberies took place in Hulme Park at about 8pm, added police.
GMP’s public protection division also urged parents and teachers to speak to young people about staying safe when using the app.
Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson said: ‘We know that criminals move quickly to exploit the latest developments to target victims and Pokemon Go will already be in their sights.
‘There have already been incidents in America where young people are thought to have been targeted through the app.