Stephen Port was recently found guilty of murdering 4 men he got acquainted with via popular dating app Grindr. The local MPs from the area where crimes were committed spoke in support of LGBT people. Speaking to the Barking and Dagenham Post, MP for Dagenham Jon Cruddas said: “My thoughts are with the families of the victims, who I hope can take some solace from the verdict that was delivered this week. I would also like to urge all those that use dating apps to take every precaution when meeting people, and stay safe.” Barking MP Margaret Hodge added that the safety of residents there was her priority, saying: “I will do all I can to keep residents safe.”
41-year-old Stephen Port, of Barking, east London, was found guilty of the murder of Anthony Walgate. Earlier in the day he was found guilty of the murders of Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, and Jack Taylor. The men were poisoned with lethal doses of the date-rape drug GHB. Port was also earlier found guilty of a number of sexual offences and of administering a substance with intent. The court had heard that he used GHB to poison the men to have sex with them while they were unconscious. He had pleaded not guilty to 29 charges which include murder, rape, sexual assault and drugging. The court previously saw details of his accounts on gay networking, escort, and hook-up sites.