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Monday 26 August 2019

Burglaries, drugs and sexual offences on rise

David Looby

The latest crime figures from the Central Statistics Office show an increase in sexual offences, drugs arrests and burglaries in County Wexford.

The provisional figures for sexual offences show that 29 were reported in the first three months of this year, compared to 19 in the final three months of 2018.

Of these 22 were reported raped or sexual assaults and nine are categorised as 'other' sexual offences, while the figures for the corresponding period in 2018 stand at 15 rapes or sexual assaults and four 'other' sexual offences.

The number of detections for the sale or supply of drugs also rose sharply in the first three months of this year, to 26, from 17 for the final quarter of 2018.

Meanwhile the number of arrests for possession of drugs for personal use was 107 for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 71 for the final three months of 2018.

The number of cultivation/manufacture of drugs offences was three times higher between October and December 2018, compared to January, February and March 2019 when only one arrest occurred, according to garda PULSE figures, while no drug importation arrests were made in the first three months of this year, compared to two in the latter months of 2018, according to the figures.

There were 130 recorded burglaries in the county from January 1 to March 31, compared to 124 during the final three months of 2018, while five aggravated burglaries were recorded in the period, up two from the previous three months.

Two blackmail/extortion crimes are recorded so far this year, compared to one during the previous three months.

There were two robbery for a person offences this year, compared to four between October and December and four businesses were robbed, compared to none in the latter months of 2018.

Gardaí recorded two cases of child abandonment, neglect and cruelty in late 2018, with no such crimes recorded at the beginning of 2019.

Six endangerment with the potential for serious harm or death offences were recorded in the first three months of the year compared to one in the final three months of last year.

Sixty drink driving offences are recorded for the first three months of the year, compared to 65 for the previous three months.

64 offences while in custody/breach of court order offences were committed in the first quarter of this year, compared to 70 during October, November and December.

There were nine arson offences, compared told 13 in the final quarter of 2018 and 154 damage to property/the environment offences, compared to 157 for the corresponding period last year.

Only one liquor licensing offence was recorded within Co Wexford, compared to five during the corresponding period in 2018.

Theft, harassment and violent offences were all down, according to the CSO figures.

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