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Peterborough rapist who met victim on Tinder is jailed

Hayden Melton has been jailed for three years Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A 23-year-old man who raped a woman he met online has been jailed for three years.

Hayden Melton, from Peterborough, met the woman through Tinder in March last year and three weeks later invited her to his house in the early hours of April 14.

He was arrested later that day after the victim told her family and friends she had been assaulted.

Melton, of Fulbridge Road, was found guilty following a five-day trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Police praised the victim for her bravery.

"While the majority of people using online dating websites are doing so with honest intentions, our experiences show us that there are people on there who display sexual predatory behaviour.

“We would also ask that if anyone has concerns around the behaviour of someone on these sites that they report them to us."

– Det Con Jo Nicholson, Cambridgeshire Police