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Pokemon Go players not an issue for Kamloops bylaw officers

FILE PHOTO: Pokemon Go players amongst regular park goers at Riverside Park.
August 03, 2016 - 1:06 PM

KAMLOOPS - While Pokemon Go gatherings have swarmed parks in Kamloops they’ve been well behaved.

The city hasn’t received any complaints about players of the mobile video game. Some players had raised concerns on social media about repercussions for playing late at night in some of the city’s parks, which close at 11 pm, but city bylaw supervisor John Ramsay says there haven’t been any issues so far.

“As long as people are in the parks and behaving themselves it’s not an issue,” he says. “We haven’t had any complaints.”

Parks in the city open at 5 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. There is a bylaw on the books that could see someone fined $100 for being in the park after hours, but Ramsay says it’s unlikely to come to that.

“If it was causing a big problem we’d just ask them to move long,” he says. “We wouldn’t write them tickets unless they were causing damage or there was another issue.”

He says as long as Pokemon Go players move along when asked when a park is closed, the issue is resolved.

As bylaw officers finish their day at midnight, complaints could go to the police for late night issues, Ramsay says. Police can issue tickets for bylaw infractions. The RCMP could also be called if someone suspects criminal activity in the park, so it’s best not to run if police arrive and instead explain the reason for the late night park activity.

In Kelowna, late night Pokemon Go players caused issues after using a park as a washroom.

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