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There is a gang using Grindr to mug gay men at knife-point in London

There is a gang using Grindr to mug gay men at knife-point in London

Two gay men have been attacked in the last 48 hours

A gang is mugging gay men at knife-point after arranging to meet them on Grindr in south London.

Two separate attacks, which both have happened in the last 48 hours, saw victims arrive at an arranged meeting place only to be jumped by a group of four male thugs.

Neither of the two victims were physically hurt but were left ‘very shaken’.

Detective constable Sheree Yates said: ‘The victims thankfully did not suffer serious physical injuries but have been left very shaken by these incidents.

‘We are keen to identify the suspects as soon as possible and are appealing to anyone with any information to contact the police.

‘We would also like to take this opportunity to reassure the LGBT community that we are doing everything we can to arrest these men.

‘I would urge everyone who uses online dating apps and sites to take steps to help them to stay safe whilst meeting strangers.’

Croydon police are urging people using Grindr to not share personal details, to always meet in a public and highly populated place, drink responsibly, ensure your mobile phone is charged and working, and to make sure you leave a date if you feel uncomfortable.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Anyone who has been the victim of crime through online dating can contact police or Victim Support on 0808 1689 111.

Safety tips when using a dating app (source: Met Police):

– Don’t share personal details such as your home address until you can trust the person you are communicating with

– If you decide to meet in person, let someone know where you are going and when you’re likely to return

– Always meet in a public place with lots of people around

– Plan your journey to and from the date in advance. If using a mini cab always pre-book

– Drink responsibly and never leave your drink unattended

– Ensure your mobile phone is fully charged and working

– If at any time your feel uncomfortable, leave the date – you are not obliged to stay