These cruel and callous North East criminals used apps such as Tinder, as well as Snapchat and other dating sites to lure their victims. The victims of these vile criminals did not discover the men they met online were not all they seemed, until it was too late.
Dating apps and websites are now more popular than ever, with thousands of couples finding love after setting-up a profile every year. Last week popular match-making app Plenty of Fish called time on users who present a false image of themselves by banning the use of photo filters so that singles can get a more accurate impression of the strangers they might be meeting. But tragically, the deception of some online daters goes far beyond a few unrealistically flattering profile pictures. And today as we take a look at some of the North East criminals that made dating sites their hunting grounds, Northumbria Police has revealed how it now had to set up a series of specialist teams to deal with the types of cyber crimes that can flourish on dating apps.
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A spokeswoman said: "As a force we understand that crime trends are constantly adapting due to technological advancements. Make sure you avoid giving away too many personal details, and never send anyone cash or your bank details, no matter how much your trust them. The year-old victim, from Chester-le-Streetmet Muir on a dating website, around a year before she was killed.
And when she vanished, in March the killer tried to pretend his lover was simply visiting him at his Halifax home. Muir was sentenced to 18 years in prison after a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found him guilty of manslaughter, but cleared him of murder.
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After seeing Muir jailed Pamela's son Andrew spoke out about the dangers of meeting people online. I think she got bored. We had many a fall out about the online dating and her meeting men. Tinder tormentor Turnbull subjected a woman he met on the app to a campaign of 'relentless harassment' during which he sent hundreds of friend requests using fake social media s after she tried to block him.
Turnbull had a short relationship with his victim, but when she ended it he refused to leaved her alone. Turnbull and his victim were in a relationship for just three months, during which he showed s of jealousy. When she went to London with friends he contacted her asking for her password so he could access Amazon Prime.
The woman, who used the same passwords for various s, gave it to him but then got an saying someone in Newcastle was trying to access an and Turnbull later admitted it was him. Turnbull, of Clayton Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, admitted two charges of harassment and common assault on his ex and assault on her friend. In October, he was sentenced to nine months suspended for two years with hours unpaid work and was made subject to an indefinite restraining order to stay away from both victims.
A mum who met Holland on dating app was horrified when she discovered he was a convicted pervert who should not have been near her daughter. The pervert had only been out of prison a few weeks after being locked up when he was caught by paedophile hunters trying to meet what he thought was a year-old girl.
As part of a sexual harm prevention order imposed alongside the prison sentence, he was forbidden from remaining in a household where a female child was present, without the express approval of social services. But he made contact with the mother of a two-year-old girl on dating app Badoo, and arranged to meet up with her. On two successive nights, he then went to the place where she was staying and spent time with the woman, in the presence of her.
Holland, ly of Eslington Court, Gateshead, was caught after telling staff at his bail hostel where he had been. In June he was jailed for 20 months after he admitted two breaches of the sexual harm prevention order.
Former vet Thompson tortured an online date to death during a drug-fueled sado-masochistic sex session. He cut and caused severe internal injuries to David Kochs, 43, after meeting him through a website and inviting him back to his flat, in Jesmond, Newcastle.
Mr Kochs died of severe internal injuries caused after an electric toothbrush and metal bar were forcibly inserted into his body.
Thompson, who played a major role in the response to the bird flu outbreak while he worked at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, was found guilty of manslaughter and actual bodily harm after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
The predatory Walter Mitty-style character spun a web of lies to ensnare three vulnerable women into believing they would live happily ever after with him.
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But in fact it was all a fantasy and the reality was he was so poor he had been living in hostels. Newcastle Crown Court heard how he persuaded his victims to part with their money at vulnerable times in their lives. Tuthill, of no fixed address, was jailed for two years and four months, in September after he admitted three offences of fraud at Newcastle Crown Court. Eventually I started suspecting that he was lying.
He was full of promises. The hairdresser, who was arrested in Wallsend, as sentenced to life with a minimum term of 12 years, at Brighton Crown Court last year.
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He became the first man in the country to be found guilty of intentionally setting out to spread the virus, when he was convicted of 10 charges - five of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so. At his trial, Rowe was accused of launching a a deliberate campaign to infect gay men he met on a dating app after being diagnosed in April in his home city of Edinburgh. He had sex with eight of them in Brighton, East Sussex, between October that year and Februaryand later with two in the North East.
Rowe told jurors he believed he had been cured of the virus by the time he moved to Brighton, having adopted the practice of drinking his own urine as a treatment, supplemented with natural remedies, including oregano, coconut and olive oils.
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