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Internet dating is becoming more and more popular with many people choosing to meet potential partners over the web. The Mail spoke to people in Hartlepool to see what they thought of the phenomenon.

Shannon Stainthorpe, 17, of Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, is a beauty student at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

She said: “I wouldn’t really do it to be honest because you never know who could be out there.

“I don’t know anyone who’s done it and I’d never do it myself.”

Fish and chip shop worker Kelly Marriott, 34, of Merrell Gardens, Hartlepool, said she would never do it. “I don’t think it’s safe,” she said. “I take people at face value and if I was talking to someone on a computer they could be female saying they are male or whatever. I like to see people.”

OAP Dinah Whittingham, 82, a retired cleaner from Dyke House, Hartlepool, said there was nothing like it in her “day”.

She said: “I think it’s a bit risky, you’ve got to be very careful especially the way things are now.

“When I was young we didn’t have anything like that at all.”

Ashley Stainsby, 17, an electrical engineering student from Berwick Street, Hartlepool, said: “I think internet dating is great but there’s a chance you could put yourself in danger.

“I was meant to meet up with someone I’d got a date with once but I didn’t because in the end I couldn’t be bothered.”