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JESSICA WHITE Community safety co-ordinator of LGBT Foundation in Manchester.

The most important step in keeping yourself safe during a hook-up is listening to your gut. If something seems weird, worrying or dangerous, bail out.



The Stephen Port case is uniquely horrifying but not entirely unique. The day prior to his conviction, 18-year-old Ben Bamford was found guilty of the murder of Paul Jeffries, who he’d first met through Grindr. Bamford stabbed Jeffries more than 40 times in an attack described by the sentencing judge as an ‘outburst of extreme violence’. Although the circumstances of the case were different – Bamford is believed to have murdered Jeffries to get money to pay drug debts – both have been used to illustrate the apparent danger of Grindr and other gay dating apps.

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