Grindr date rapist: Police investigated over Sam Ashley inquiry

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Registered sex offender Sam Ashley spiked the drinks of men he had met on a gay dating app

A police force has been told to change its procedures following its investigation into a registered sex offender who used gay dating app Grindr to commit further offences.

Sam Ashley, 30, was jailed for drugging and attacking men he met on the app.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) recommended changes to Hampshire Constabulary's management of sex offenders.

Its report concluded no police staff had a case to answer for misconduct.

The BBC has approached Hampshire Constabulary for comment.

He had been found guilty of four rapes, four charges of administering a substance with intent and two counts of attempted rape.

Drinks spiked

Ashley would identify victims on Grindr, meet them and then drug them without their knowledge.

He attacked them once they were left in a "stupefied" state, the Crown Prosecution Service said following the trial.

Three of the men raped had their drinks spiked while another thought he was being offered painkiller tablets for a headache.

Ashley, also known by the surname Davis, from Fareham, had denied all 10 charges which related to attacks in 2016.

The commission's regional director Sarah Green said the force referred the case to the IOPC following concerns into how it had dealt with Ashley, who was already on the sex offenders' register for a previous indecent assault conviction.

A five-month IOPC inquiry concluded two police staff should be "offered learning recommendations" over their management of registered sex offenders.

"Recommendations related to making sure there are people responsible for recording intelligence about possible new offences and reviewing the risk level assigned to that offender," Ms Green said.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said the force "accepted the recommendations in the report".

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