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Newington church asking Pokémon Go players to stay away

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Pokemon Go is causing some problems for a Newington church. (WFSB) Pokemon Go is causing some problems for a Newington church. (WFSB)
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

The Pokémon Go game is sweeping the nation, but it is causing some problems for a church in Newington.

Gamers are showing up on the parish’s private property to play the game, and leaders fear it could lead to some safety issues.

Long after dark, the cars keep pulling in to the Saint Mary’s School and Church parking lot in Newington, but they aren't there to pray, they are there to play Pokémon Go.

There is apparently a “Pokémon Gym” outside the Virgin Mary statue, and so many visitors have been swinging by, that the pastor put up a sign that says “Hey, since you're already at Saint Mary Church, why not say a quick prayer before going to the next Pokémon stop?"

The pastor does not want people dropping by the private property, especially after hours.

Saint Mary’s School and Church actually put out a statement, asking for people to curb playing there, saying in part “This behavior, though not intended to be malicious, is not safe and can lead to someone getting hurt, which we don’t want.”

Newington police have pledged to step up patrols in the area and said the issue has become familiar in town since Pokémon Go launched.

The police department said, in part “Please use good judgment when playing this game. Entering people's property without permission is not only inconsiderate, but potentially unsafe.”

The officials at Saint Mary’s said they will press charges against people who are caught trespassing.

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