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Man threatened with cattle prod and robbed after inviting a guest he met on gay dating app Grindr into his own home

A gay man was lured into a meeting through the dating app Grindr and then robbed and threatened with a cattle prod.

Detectives have released CCTV pictures of two men they are hunting in connection with the attack - and warned the culprits could have targeted others.

CCTV image of a man police want to trace Credit: Met Police

Scotland Yard said the victim, 26, had been messaging a man through the popular online gay dating app Grindr and invited him round to his home in Bayswater, west London.

When the man, described as blond and in his 20s, arrived he spent most of his time texting on his phone and then announced he was leaving and was escorted out by the victim.

CCTV image of a second man police want to trace Credit: Met Police

But his accomplice was lying in wait outside wielding a cattle prod, and when the front door opened the pair pounced on the victim, pushing him into his flat.

They threatened him with the cattle prod and stole cash and a laptop computer before fleeing the home in Queensborough Terrace.

The victim thankfully did not suffer serious physical injuries but has been left very shaken by this incident.

I am keen to identify the two suspects as soon as possible and I am appealing to anyone who may know who they are to contact the police.

Whilst we have not connected this incident to any other reported to us, I must consider that the suspects could have committed this type of offence previously, and I would appeal to anyone who may have been a victim of this type of offence, to contact the police, where they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the LGBT community that we are doing everything we can to arrest these men and have followed and eliminated a number of potential leads and enquiries to date.

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

– Detective Constable April Smart, Westminster CID

We at Grindr are saddened to hear of this incident. We treat all reports of crime very seriously and, if we are contacted by the authorities about an investigation, we fully cooperate with their requests. Grindr is highly committed to the safety and security of all our members, and has a number of safeguards in place, including our strict photo and profile content guidelines, privacy policy, safety tips, detailed user agreements and terms of service.

– Grindr statement

The attack happened on Sunday, 28 September at about 5:20pm. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 020 7321 7513, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.