Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By KEN PHE­LAN

VI­O­LENT crime is on the rise in north Fin­gal ac­cord­ing to new pro­vi­sion statis­tics pre­sented by lo­cal gar­daí to the Fin­gal Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee.

Crime statis­tics re­cently re­leased by the Fin­gal Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee show sharp in­creases in vi­o­lent crime in the Bal­brig­gan polic­ing dis­trict which cov­ers much of the north Fin­gal area.

Fig­ures were based on the pe­riod be­tween Jan­uary 1 2018 and Oc­to­ber 31 2018 com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017, and re­veal star­tling in­creases in se­ri­ous crime in­clud­ing as­sault, rob­bery, pub­lic or­der in­ci­dents, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and in­ci­dents of do­mes­tic dis­pute.

As­sault caus­ing harm in­creased by 30% last year with 16 of these of­fences in­volv­ing a ‘do­mes­tic vi­o­lence mo­tive’. Other crimes in­clud­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, showed a shock­ing 219% in­crease on the same pe­riod in 2017 (94 in­ci­dents vs 300 for 2018), and do­mes­tic dis­pute in­ci­dents ‘no of­fence dis­closed’, show­ing an in­crease of 37% (148 in­ci­dents vs 196 for 2018).

Vi­o­lent crime on the up.

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