Pocket monsters provoke fights

14th April 2000 at 01:00
TEACHERS should brace themselves for a fresh wave of Pokemon-mania, with the release of the first film to feature the pocket-toy craze.

Pokemons ("pocket monsters" in Japanese) first surfaced in Nintendo video games. But a trading card game based on the characters has sparked a craze n schools across the UK. Some schools have even banned the cards after fights, bullying and thefts broke out among children anxious to complete their collections.

The Pokemon movie, featuring characters such as Arbok, Polirath and Parasect, is in UK cinemas from this week.

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