A MAN has been arrested follow three attempted catfish carjacking incidents.

Police officers have been three separate attempted carjacking incidents that occurred after the victims met a man they met on the online dating app Grindr.

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.”

The first victim, aged in his 50s, was threatened at home in Salford on Monday evening by a man with a knife who demanded his car keys. When he couldn’t get the car started he fled the scene.

An hour later in Prestwich, a man in his 40s had a knife held to his throat by a man in Bury Old Road who demanded car keys. The victim received cuts to his throat, back and forearm and was taken to hospital. He is now recovering at home.

A third man, aged in his 20s, was attacked on Tuesday by a man who was a passenger in his car in Bolton Road, Pendlebury as they were parked on the roadside. He demanded the car keys before stabbing the man several times.

The attacker then fled the scene on foot. His victim remains in hospital with serious injuries and is in a stable condition.