Anouar Sabbar, a 28-year-old man of Cole Street in Southwark, was sentenced on 20 January at Snaresbrook Crown Court. According to the Metropolitan Police, from April 2019 to June 2021 he stole £2,360 from his victims – whose ages ranged from 25 to 57-years-old.

Sabbar met men using Grindr and, after having consensual intercourse with them, would state he was an escort and demand payment.

This sometimes involved threats of physical violence and blackmail, with Sabbar blocking the men on the app after getting their money – something which made it more difficult for police to trace him.