Members of the public wandering around staring into their phones is nothing new, however the Dealer has learned that an increase in the behaviour over the last week or so is down to the unprecedented popularity of Pokémon Go among young adults looking to relive their childhoods.

The Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) have published advice for Pokémon Go players to stay safe and avoid trespassing in the countryside.

The lobby organisation for land and property owners in rural England and Wales has said that it has received reports from several members of Pokémon Go players trespassing whilst hunting animated characters in the real world.

“Players should take steps to remain safe and be aware of the risks of trespassing over private land and property,” said CLA Director of Policy and Advice Christopher Price.

He said that risks such as dangerous livestock and farm machinery can be posed to members of the public walking on private land without permission.

“We hope the makers of Pokémon Go will deal with any instances of characters apparent on private property quickly and that it is made as easy as possible to report these issues,” Price said.

The CLA’s recommendations for Pokémon Go players to stay safe in the countryside are: