There is a gang using Grindr to mug gay men

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A gang of four men have mugged two people after posing as a potential date on Grindr.

The police believe that the gang are using the dating app to arrange encounters with the aim of robbing their victims.

The robberies took place at knife point in Croydon, south London according to the Metropolitan police.

Two incidents have been reported thus far, both involved two unnamed men communicating with a man on Grindr and both were accosted by four men once they arrived at the arranged meeting point.

Both incidents happened within 48 hours and left both victims shaken, but otherwise unharmed. Croydon police believe that both robberies are the work of one group of four men.

DC Sheree Yates from the Metropolitan Police 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.”

In the meantime, Croydon police have released safety tips for those in the Croydon area who use dating apps.

Do not share personal information such as phone numbers and home addresses until you trust the person you are communicating with.

Always meet in a public place, populated location.

Tell a friend if you decide to meet someone, tell them where you are going and what time you will return.

Plan your journey to and from the date in advance.

If using a mini cab always pre-book .

Moderate your alcohol intake and do not leave your drink unattended.

Charge your phone before meeting someone and make sure it is working.

Do not be afraid to leave if you are feeling uncomfortable. You are under no obligation to stay.

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.