He’s also looking forward to Mr Grey’s red-hot return to the cinema in 2016.“Hopefully, the sequel will bring another boost to business,” Carl said.
is specifically designed for singles from Sittingbourne and across the UK, looking for more from an online dating website in Sittingbourne.
She says: "I didn't meet up with anyone else apart from my boyfriend - I think I was just worried about the whole thing - but I did match with quite a few people and some of them I had relatively decent conversations with."Some people on it are quite weird so you do have to limit the people you talk to and be wary of the information you send out."It's often when you say 'no I don't want to continue talking to you' that people get very, very aggressive."I've had people say 'I'm going to rape you' just because I've decided not to talk to them.
It's because they hide behind that screen."For people in a modern society to think they can still say that to women, it's disgusting."Superintendent Simon Thompson from Kent Police describes dating app crime as a "fast and expanding area", but says the force has adapted to the challenges it presents.
“Customers have been going straight to the bondage stuff, but blindfolds and anything to do with spanking in general is also going quite well.”Fifty Shades became an instant bestseller when the novel was first released in 2011.
In total, the trilogy has shifted 100 million copies worldwide, and although the film has received mixed reviews at best, so far it’s taken almost 0 million at the cinemas.
It hit headlines again last year, when Stephen Port was charged with murdering four men he met through the app, including former Dartford Grammar pupil Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend.
Carl, 29, a former local government officer from Eastchurch, said takings were up by a quarter since the film’s release.“The film’s been good for business,” he said.Carl said customers in the their “20s and 30s” appeared to have been most inspired by the film, but others with a shade of grey themselves had also felt its effect.He said: “An elderly man and woman came in the other day.He says: "These are still very small numbers, but even one offence is too many and that's why we're very keen to provide some crime prevention messages and advice to people."The vast majority of people who use these sites are sincere and honest in their use.However there is always a very small minority who have other purposes."Some of the dangers that can come from this are harassment and stalking offences, assaults, theft and sometimes fraud as well."However, I'd like to stress that there is a very small likelihood of being involved in such offences but it is important people understand and remember the precautionary measures."This is a fast and expanding area of crime.Emma Fox, 20, from Gravesend, met her boyfriend on Tinder.But despite a positive outcome, she describes facing aggression, unwanted sexual advances and even rape threats while using the app.These crimes have always existed, but it's just a new way of enabling them."But we are a forward thinking and innovative force and we're really well prepared for this and committed to staying one step ahead of those very small number who'd look to offend using technology."Despite both Tinder and Grindr imposing an age restriction of 18, sexual predators have used them to target youngsters.In 2014, former Medway teacher Gary Pearce was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy he met up with after grooming him on Grindr.The way people are meeting potential partners is changing - and with new technology comes fresh dangers.Figures show crimes relating to dating apps have increased 10-fold over the past three years in Kent - with reported offences including blackmail, sex attacks, harassment and even attempted murder.