Police link three attacks after victims arranged meetings on online dating app Grindr

<em>Police have released a picture of a man they want to speak to after three men were attacked after arranging meetings via online dating app Grindr (Picture: Greater Manchester Police)</em>
Police have released a picture of a man they want to speak to after three men were attacked after arranging meetings via online dating app Grindr (Picture: Greater Manchester Police)

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after three men were attacked when they arranged meetings on online dating app Grindr.

In all three assaults, the attacker also tried to steal the victim’s car, police said.

In the latest, a man in his 20s was stabbed several times in his car by the assailant who threatened him and demanded he hand over his keys.

Greater Manchester Police said the victim had met up with a man on Tuesday afternoon (March 26) on Bolton Road in Pendlebury.

The offender, who was a passenger in the car, threatened the man as they were parked on the roadside and demanded he hand over his car keys before stabbing him several times then fleeing on foot. The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

<em>The three attacks followed meetings arranged on online dating app Grindr (Picture: Getty)</em>
The three attacks followed meetings arranged on online dating app Grindr (Picture: Getty)

The force said the incident is being linked to two other carjacking attempts that occurred on Monday in Irlams o’ th’ Height in Salford and Prestwich.

They have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to as part of their enquiries.

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Detective Inspector Gareth Jenkins, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “This is now the third attack following an attempted carjacking after an online dating app meeting and we’re working hard to find the man responsible.

“We have a CCTV image of a man we want to speak to as part of our investigation and I would appeal directly to the man to get in touch with us.

“We would also continue to encourage people using dating apps to always meet new people in public places and to let someone know where you’re going.

“If you have any information that could assist our investigation or if you recognise the man pictured, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

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