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Police are now dealing with 20 'Tinder crimes' a WEEK as number of call-outs linked to dating app more than doubles in the last three years

The number of Tinder-related police call-outs has more than doubled in the last three years, official figures show.
Police now receive more than 20 reports a week linked to the online dating app. As recently as 2015, police had about eight Tinder-related calls a week, or a total of 442. 
Police figures indicate this rose to 1,087 in 2018 – although as not every force provided a full set of figures, the true total is likely to be even higher.
The statistics come after teaching assistant Anna Rowe, 44, revealed how she went to the police after being duped into an affair with a married father she met on Tinder.
He had even used the same picture of Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan on his Tinder account, allowing him to continue lying to his family without the risk of being caught out. 
Ms Rowe wants the Government to make posing as someone online to forge a fake relationship illegal
Antony used an image of Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan as his profile picture (pictured)
Anna Rowe, 44, pictured left, was duped into an affair with a married father she met on Tinder 'Antony Ray'. He used an image of Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan as his profile picture (right)

Ms Rowe, from Canterbury, Kent, spoke to 'Anthony Ray' for six months before he disappeared and she now wants the Government to make posing as someone online to forge a fake relationship illegal.  
The jump in reports follows a spate of high-profile crimes in which fraudsters, rapists and killers have used the smartphone app to trawl for victims. 

Deceived by a married man 

A teaching assistant went to police after being duped into an affair with a married father she met on Tinder.
Anna Rowe, 44, met 'Antony Ray' on the app in 2015 and exchanged thousands of messages with him before meeting in person.
He told her he had been divorced for 15 months but was in fact still married and using separate phones to hide his affairs from his family. 
He had even used the same picture of Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan on his Tinder account, allowing him to continue lying to his family without the risk of being caught out. 
He vanished after six months, claiming to be looking after his ill mother. Miss Rowe, from Canterbury, alerted police to his activities but he was never arrested.
She now wants the Government to make posing as someone else online to forge a fake relationship illegal. 
The act is known as 'catfishing', after a film and TV series which documents the phenomenon.

Forces did not specify the nature of the incidents logged, but previous research has found that around a third of crimes involving dating apps are sexual assaults and rapes.
Freedom of information requests sent to every British police force found Devon and Cornwall to have the most Tinder-related call-outs, with 86 in the year to December 10. 
Assuming they continued to receive calls at the same rate, this would have risen to 91 by the year's end.
Essex and the West Midlands were close behind with 84 and 83 respectively, based on similar calculations. 
Many incidents occurred on public transport, with British Transport Police recording 51 calls in 2018.
A number of forces did not respond to the request, while others did not provide figures for the entire year, meaning the true scale of the problem is likely to be even greater than the data suggests.
The changing face of dating – and the associated risks – have prompted some innovative responses by police. 
Avon and Somerset police placed its own 'lonely hearts' listing on Tinder in 2015 – using the name Bobby – to warn users to stay safe when meeting strangers.
Grace Millane, the 22-year-old backpacker murdered in New Zealand last year, is believed to have met her alleged killer on Tinder. 
Miss Millane, from Essex, went missing in December and was found dead in parkland near Auckland. Jesse Kempson, 26, was arrested for her murder but denied the charge in court last week.
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Grace Millane, 22, pictured, is believed to have met her alleged killer on Tinder last year
Grace Millane, 22, pictured, is believed to have met her alleged killer on Tinder last year
Serial con-artist Kris Lyndsay, from St Austell in Cornwall, was jailed for four years in 2016 after using Tinder to swindle women.
Lyndsay conned his victims out of £13,000 before he was jailed. 
He told them he had lost his wife and daughter in a car crash to win their trust and boasted about his fictitious businesses.
Mother-of-two Annemarie Fletcher, from Glastonbury in Somerset, parted with a watch and diamond ring worth £40,000 after he claimed he was having cash flow issues at work.
In 2017, Jonathan Frame was jailed for 18 months following a similar scam. The 32-year-old from Swinton, Greater Manchester, would take control of his partners' bank accounts to fund a lavish lifestyle. He admitted defrauding two women of £6,990.

From dialing 999 over a shortage of KFC chicken to complaints of bus drivers whistling – the unbelievable calls that waste police time

The Met Police call handlers took more than two million 999 calls between January 1 and November 30 last year - but 21,733 of these were unnecessary.
Included in the unbelievable list was one person who called to say they were outraged that KFC had run out of chicken. 
Other ridiculous complaints included moans about bad driving, breakfasts not being served quickly enough, and a bus driver whistling. 
Other callers complained about a lack of female taxi drivers and an argument with another driver about right of way. 
During the KFC chicken crisis last February concerned chicken lovers called the police about the situation where 470 UK branches had to close (file picture) 
During the KFC chicken crisis last February concerned chicken lovers called the police about the situation where 470 UK branches had to close (file picture) 
In February last year KFC had to shut 470 branches across the country as a shortage of chicken crippled firm's UK operation.
Some panicked chicken lovers resorted to calling police – prompting a stern warning from Scotland Yard officers.
Figures also revealed that officers were wasting thousands of hours dealing with 'hate incidents' which are too trivial to be classed as crimes.
Statistics showed that 30 police forces dealt with 11,236 such incidents in 2015-16. Across the whole country, that works out at one every half hour.
The Met Police received 21,733  unnecessary calls between January 1 and November 30 last year (file picture)
The Met Police received 21,733 unnecessary calls between January 1 and November 30 last year (file picture)
Even if officers spent just 15 minutes following up each one, this would have taken up 3,750 hours of police time.
The reports included someone alleging racism when a man's dog barked at them and a mother angry after her children fell out with others in the street.
There were also people offended by newspaper cartoons and even a woman in Wiltshire who got upset when someone on Facebook said she looked liked Peter Griffin from the TV cartoon Family Guy.
One in 20 incidents reported to police related to social media posts.

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