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Crimes against the person rising

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 4:49pm

Fresh figures have shown that murder threats have risen by 550 per cent in the past year.

It came as new stats for crimes against the person were released on Monday by one of Cork city’s top ranking gardaí, which show a rise of 30 per cent in the past year.

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin gave an update for January-March 2019 compared with January-March 2018.

Murder threats rose from two to 13 with Chief Superintendent McPolin commenting that every threat is investigated fully and can be reclassified depending on how likely a murder was to happen out of the threat.

There was no change to assault causing harm with 47 reports of it each year while there was a 21 per cent increase in minor assaults, from 169 to 205.

Menacing phone calls also saw a rise, this time of 300 per cent from three to 12 reports.

Harassment, stalking and threats decreased from four to two while there was three reports of abandoning a child, child neglect and cruelty in 2019 and zero for the first three months in 2018.

Senator Jerry Buttimer said he was concerned about those three children and hoped they and their families were getting the care that the needed.

Chief Superintendent McPolin confirmed at the meeting that the three children had been neglected and that Tusla and all other relevant stakeholders had been notified.

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