A man has been arrested in connection with three attacks that occurred following meetings arranged via the online dating app Grindr, including an attempted carjacking in Salford.

A man in his 20’s was stabbed multiple times in a car jacking attempt on Bolton Road in Pendlebury on Tuesday. It is believed that the two men involved met on the dating app Grindr, with the attacker being a passenger in the victims car.

At around 5:45 yesterday evening the car was parked up by the roadside on Bolton Road. The assailant proceeded to stab the victim several times before fleeing on foot in the direction of Birch Drive towards High Bank Road.

The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and remains in a stable condition.

Officers had also been investigating two similar incidents the previous day, also linked to the online dating application.

At around 7pm on Monday 25 March 2019, a man in his 50s was threatened in his own home in Irlam o’ th’ Height by a man armed with a knife who demanded he hand over his car keys.

Around an hour later on Bury Old Road in Prestwich, a man in his 40s was held at knifepoint by a man who again demanded his car keys.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and two section 18 assaults. He remains in custody for questioning.

Chief Inspector Amanda Delamore, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “We now have a man in custody who will be questioned by my team in the coming hours as our enquiries continue.

“Our thoughts remain with the three victims who have all been left incredibly shaken by their ordeals and officers will continue to provide them with support at this distressing time.

“Our investigation does not stop here and I would continue to urge anyone with any information that could assist us to please get in touch with police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5194 or 101 quoting reference number 1764 of 26/03/2019.

Reports can also be made anonymously, via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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