14th Dec, 2018

Shock as Studley war memorial used as site for web virtual game

Ross Crawford 24th Apr, 2018

THERE is outrage in Studley after the makers of Pokemon Go placed one of them on the village war memorial.

Stunned residents looked on in amazement last weekend as they witnessed groups of children and young adults clambering all over the Alcester Road memorial in search of the ‘pokemon’.

The war memorial has carved on it the names of all those from the village who gave their lives for this country in two world wars.

Such has been the shock and revulsion that Government minister and Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi has demanded the firm responsible for Pokemon, Niantic, remove the item from the memorial.

“I am shocked that a Pokemon has been put on the war memorial in Studley,” he said.

“To incorporate a war memorial into a game trivialises the memorial and is it incredibly disrespectful to the many thousands of men and women who have given their lives to defend this country and its values.

“I have contacted the developers of ‘Pokemon Go’ urging them to remove or re-locate the Pokemon as soon as possible and issue an apology for the offence and upset caused to loca residents.”

Philip Hunt of Studley Royal British Legion, said: “This is an absolute disgrace; I cannot imagine anything more stupid or disrespectful.

“This company should be brought to book and made to apologise for its actions.”

Chairman of the Parish Council Paul Beaman, who raised the issue at last Tuesday’s parish council meeting, said: “This is totally unacceptable.

“We have had children clambering all over the war memorial. I have contacted the company and let them know this is totally inappropriate.

“we should formally object to it being used in this manner, for a game.”

Coun Brian Dixon added: “We are talking about a village treasure – that’s our war memorial and we should demand an apology.”

Pokemon is a virtual game played on mobile devices whereby players can collect creatures, upgrade them, and battle with other players.

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