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Rise in weapons offences

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 5:08pm

There has been an increase in the amount of weapons offences reported to the gardaí on Leeside.

New figures, revealed at a Cork City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting on Monday, show a 36 per cent rise in weapons offences overall for the first three months of 2018 compared to the same time period last year.

During January – March 2018, there was one account of discharging a firearm with none recorded for the same period in 2017.

Possession of a firearm was also down from two to one.

However, this was not the case for possession of offensive weapons, excluding firearms, with a 40 per cent increase from 20 to 28 reports recorded.

Meanwhile, drugs offences are down 15 per cent for the same comparable time period, from 218 to 185. This included a nine per cent decline on possession of drugs for personal use and a 43 per cent drop in possession of drugs for ale or supply.

There was no difference in reports of the cultivation or manufacturing of drugs at two for January – March 2017 and the same months in 2018.

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