Please forward this error screen to 91. Dating websites were named in 378 crime reports by Britain’s police last year, up from 180 in 2013. Crimes linked to online republican dating sites including rape and blackmail have more than doubled in the past three years. Dating websites were named in 378 crime reports by Britain’s police last year which is up from 180 mentions in 2013.
Second was badoo, which had 17 offences including two rapes. From 2013-15 dating sites were linked to a staggering 828 criminal cases including 88 allegations of rape, 49 sex attacks and 180 violent crimes. There was also 115 cases of harassment and stalking and 43 incidences involving blackmail. Darren Jeffreys, 47, repeatedly punched 45-year-old Karen Catherall in the head and strangled her in an alcohol-fuelled attack at her home in Gwernaffield near Mold, Flintshire. He was sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison for her murder. Authorities are concerned about how vulnerable women become when using the websites with 85 per cent of victims thought to be female. Out of that female group, 42 per cent were aged between 20-29 and 41 per cent of attacks took place when the first date was held at someone’s home rather than a public place.
It said: ‘Reports indicate that these offences took place during the first face-to-face meeting between the victim and the offender after they initially met online. Mother-of-two Karen Catherall was repeatedly punched in the head and strangled by boyfriend Darren Jefferys in an alcohol-fuelled attack at her home in Wales. Catherall and Jefferys were described as being fond of one another, and were becoming increasingly close. However, Ms Catherall had previously told a friend that her boyfriend was a ‘very nice guy but possessive’. On the night of her death the pair had met up for a drink but, after spending some time together, they later went their separate ways. After arriving home, shortly after 7pm, Jeffreys attacked. It was not until the early hours of the following morning, at 2.
35am, that he called emergency services, claiming that he thought she was sleeping off the alcohol and he was unable to wake her. However, paramedics who arrived at the house found she had been dead for some time. A post mortem examination revealed that her cause of death had been blunt force trauma to the head and mechanical asphyxiation. Jeffreys was sentenced to a minimum of 17 and a half years behind bars for Ms Catherall’s murder. Peter Ramsey, 26, punched the woman to the ground, ripped her clothing and raped her when she refused him a goodnight kiss at her front door.
He knocked out one of her front teeth and left her with 21 injuries as he ran off with her underwear as a trophy. Sick Ramsey was caught after using the victim’s Oyster travelcard to board a night bus within minutes of the attack in Clapham, south-west London. He was convicted of rape, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and theft and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, in May 2012. The report went on to warn that these sites are creating a wave of dangerous predators. It said: ‘The online dating phenomenon has produced a new type of sexual offender. These offenders are less likely to have criminal convictions, but instead exploit the ease of access and arm-chair approach to dating websites.