A family were spoken to by police after they were spotted hunting Pokemon during the coronavirus lockdown.
Officers quizzed the parents and their two young children after spotting them at Bedworth Park in Coventry on Tuesday.
The parents told the officers they were playing Pokemon Go.
The game, a smash hit all over the globe with more than one billion downloads, allows players to track down and catch various Pokemon characters, like Pikachu and Jigglypuff, by scouring the streets for the cartoon monsters.
A spokesman for the Bedworth Safer Neighbourhood Team wrote on its Facebook page: ‘Up to date most unbelievable reason for driving a vehicle to Bedworth park with your two children: ‘We are Pokemon hunting’ – please stay at home and stay safe.’
Other excuses revealed by the SNT included one person quizzed as they searched through a hedgerow, who said they were ‘looking for wild rocket’, and another who said they were going to their allotment to ‘get a cauliflower’.
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Local Charlie Jarman said: ‘Great excuse to leave the house – to go and catch Pikachu, or more likely coronavirus.’
Julie Potter wrote: ‘No hope really then.’
Police and the Government have urged the public to stay at home over the Easter bank holiday weekend, saying people need to stick to lockdown measures no matter the weather or how tempting it may be to go out.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said at yesterday’s coronavirus press conference: ‘As we look forward to the long bank holiday Easter weekend, I know some people are going to start wondering, is it time to ease up on the rules?
‘I have to say thank you for that sacrifice – but we’re not done yet. We must keep going.’
‘It’s been almost three weeks and we’re starting to see the impact of the sacrifices we’ve all made.
‘It’s still too early to lift the measures that we’ve put in place. It’s vital we make the right decisions at the right time.
‘After all the sacrifices so many people have made, let’s not ruin it now. We mustn’t give the coronavirus the second chance to hurt more people.
‘We will only beat this virus for good if we all stay the course.’
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