Recorder reporter tries to catch them all in Romford with Pokemon Go app

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 20 July 2016

Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson hunts for pokemon in Romford

Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson hunts for pokemon in Romford


Standing in the middle of Romford Market to capture virtual creatures would have been considered absurd a couple of weeks ago but has since grown to become almost the norm.

Pokestops in Romford

The Liberty, South Street entrance

St Edward the Confessor Church, Market Place

Romford Shopping Hall

Romford Clock Tower

Quadrant Arcade entrance

Romford stone family, Western Road

PMT East London, Eastern Avenue East

Seetec Mural East, Oldchurch Road

Millions of people across the world have been engrossed in the latest craze Pokemon Go, introducing words such as “Pokestop” and “Pokedex” into our everyday vocabulary.

Flocks of people have been gathering outside St Edward the Confessor Church in the Market Place since it became a Pokestop, a location where Pokeballs can be collected, and Rev Mike Power thinks it is “wonderful”.

“If it brings people to the church on a regular basis and could lead them to come in then it’s a good thing.

“I think it is wonderful that it is encouraging people to talk to each other.

“There were so many standing outside in the first couple of days but my friend warned me in advance that it would happen.”

Bulbasaurs, Charmanders and Squirtles could be hiding anywhere and the primary aim of the Pokemon Go user is to try and catch them all.

To see what all of the fuss is about, I downloaded the app myself and ventured to Romford Town Centre.

As soon as I stepped off the bus in Western Road, I was greeted by a Rattata and a Pokestop.

Making my way to South Street was no different as I entered a treasure trove of Drowzees, Pidgeys and Slowpokes, throwing Pokeballs left, right and centre.

Vermin in the shape of Rattatas and Pidgeys have also settled in The Liberty shopping centre.

Level eight player Gary Tonks, 26, of Faircross Avenue, Collier Row, said that he has made more of an effort to ride his bike since the game was released in the UK last Thursday.

He said: “It brought back a lot of memories of when I used to play Pokemon as a kid.

“It’s something different and definitely good for encouraging people to exercise.

“I have caught more than 100 so far and want to catch as many as I can.”

The augmented reality game uses your phone’s GPS to track your location, making it possible for you to see Pokemon popping up on your journey.

By collecting Pokeballs and other handy items on the way, you can build up your team’s strength and have them battle other Pokemon.

Dwain Palmer, 36, of Romford, said: “It’s good for fitness but I have got too much to do with family and work to have time to play games!”

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