Spain OAP Fined For Breaking Isolation To Hunt Pokemon

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

A 77-year-old man has been fined in Madrid for breaking the city’s strict isolation measures to “hunt Pokemon”.

The man, who has not been named but who was reportedly playing the popular Pokemon Go video game on his phone, was caught by police in the streets of the Spanish capital’s Latina district at 1:15 pm on Sunday 22nd March.

The police report from the incident said that he had been stopped for breaking the “state of alarm for COVID-19”.

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The report goes on “he was found on a public road and he states that he was hunting Pokemon.”

Local media report the Madrid police filed a total of 4,580 cases of people flouting the lockdown rules from 15th March to 22nd March, with 30 arrests.

From Friday to Sunday, 2073 sanctions were filed.

A man was reportedly stopped three times by officers in Valdemoro, a town near Madrid on Sunday, and on the third occasion, he is said to have tried to attack the officers.

The Spanish government has ordered citizens to stay at home unless they have an emergency or are going to buy food or medical supplies.

Two adults are not allowed to go to the shops together and citizens who break the rules can face fines of between 100 and 30,000 EUR (92 and 27,891 GBP) and up to 600,000 EUR (557,820 GBP) in cases of repeatedly breaking the rules.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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