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An armed gang are using the gay dating app, Grindr, to target their victims.

Police in London have warned that an armed gang is using Grindr after two victims were robbed at knifepoint in separate attacks.

It is thought the group of four armed men arrange ‘dates’ with their victims, before robbing them. Both attacks took place in a 48-hour period in Croydon, London. Neither victim was seriously injured.

Senior Detective Constable Sheree Yates told the BBC that Croydon Police are keen to identify the suspects as soon as possible and are appealing to anyone with any information to contact them.

She added, “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 have released safety tips for those in the area using dating apps:

  • Always meet in a public place with lots of people around
  • Don’t share personal details until you trust the person with whom you are communicating
  • If you decide to meet in person, let someone know where you are going and when you’re likely to return
  • 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 you feel uncomfortable, leave the date – you are not obliged to stay

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