Bray People - - NEWS -

CRIM­I­NAL DAM­AGE cases are down on last year’s in­ci­dents with 475 re­ported so far this year com­pared with 621 in 2017.

There were 63 in Balt­in­glass, 255 in Bray and 157 in Wick­low and de­tec­tion rates are at 12 per cent, a drop of -12 per cent.

Pub­lic or­der in­ci­dents were at 363 at the end of Oc­to­ber, com­pared with 403 in 2017.

There were 31 in Balt­in­glass, 209 in Bray and 123 in Wick­low. De­tec­tions are at 77 per cent so far this year com­pared with 94 per cent in 2017.

In­ci­dents of drugs re­lated crimes were up from 314 to 375, an in­crease of 19 per cent.

There was a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in drugs of­fences in the Balt­in­glass Divi­sion, with pos- ses­sion for per­sonal use at 78, an in­crease of 169 per cent, and pos­ses­sion for sale or sup­ply at 8, com­pared with four the pre­vi­ous year.

Supt Quirke cred­ited the in­crease to a new de­tec­tive unit set up in the district which has been fo­cused on the Bless­ing­ton area and get­ting some ex­cel­lent re­sults.

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