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Saturday 27 May 2017

Drug-related violence 'not limited to criminals'

Criminologist Dr Johnny Connolly said the impact of drug-related intimidation on a community is rarely captured in media headlines. PA
Criminologist Dr Johnny Connolly said the impact of drug-related intimidation on a community is rarely captured in media headlines. PA

Jane O'Faherty

Drug violence is an everyday reality for many areas and is not limited to high-profile gangland criminals, according to campaigners.

At the launch of a new CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign report, criminologist Dr Johnny Connolly said the impact of drug-related intimidation on a community is rarely captured in media headlines.

"[Media attention] is gone after a week, or it's gone after the elections," he said. "The next person who is shot or the next unfortunate family that is bereaved, they'll be left carrying that."

Less than 17pc of drug-related intimidation victims reported the incident, according to the new study.

Almost half of the respondents said the intimidation involved physical violence, while 32pc said their homes or property had been damaged.

Meanwhile, more than 33pc of threats were directed to the drug user's or debtor's mother.

Irish Independent

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