Assaults down 22%

Significant drop in serious crimes

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Significant drop in serious crimes

The County Leitrim Joint Policing Committee was informed by Inspector Denis Harrington of a significant drop in serious crimes recorded in the county in the first 16 weeks of this year.

The Inspector outlined the figures in contrast to the first 16 weeks of 2017 which showed that public order offences were down 16% throughout the county with a drop of 21% in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Assaults were down some 22% on the corresponding timeframe from the previous year while criminal damage offences fell by 21%.

Burglaries saw a rise of 2% which equated to one extra burglary, while thefts from shops was down 10%.

Two drugs seizures were made. In January a quantity of cocaine was seized and a man was arrested and will appear before the local court in due course. And, in April, cannabis herb, cocaine and amphetamines valued at €2,100 were seized in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Thankfully, there have been no road fatalities to date this year while 17 people have been arrested for alleged drink driving offences.