Detectives arrest suspect in North London honeytrap plot targeting politicians and involving Grindr scam

This morning, detectives made an arrest in connection to a honeytrap plot aimed at politicians.

The man was taken into custody in Islington, North London, on suspicion of harassment and violations under the Online Safety Act, according to Scotland Yard.

The investigation began when senior Tory backbencher William Wragg revealed in April that he had unwittingly given his colleagues’ phone numbers to a suspected scammer he encountered on the gay hook-up app Grindr.

This revelation led to an inquiry after it was found that at least 12 men in political circles had received unsolicited messages.

William Wragg, the former MP for Hazel Grove in Greater Manchester, disclosed that he had been targeted in a suspected honeytrap scheme.

He admitted to chatting with a person on the app and exchanging pictures, which eventually led him to leave the party and announce his decision not to run in the upcoming election.

Call for a Full Review

Dr. Luke Evans, a fellow Tory, demanded a comprehensive review of Parliament’s process for investigating incidents reported by MPs after he, too, became a target.

Wragg confessed to sharing his colleagues’ phone numbers out of fear that intimate images of himself would be leaked.

Wragg’s Apology and Resignation

Wragg expressed regret over his “weakness” in responding to the scammer’s advances.

He subsequently resigned from his positions as head of the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee and as vice-chairman of the 1922 Committee, also surrendering the Conservative whip.

The Scammer’s Tactics

The unknown scammer reportedly used the aliases “Charlie” and “Abi” to send flirtatious messages, attempting to lure MPs and other political figures into sharing explicit pictures.

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