Paul Williams: Latest CSO statistics reveal startling rise in sexual offences, assaults and burglaries
Published 19/12/2015 | 02:30
Startling increases in sexual offences, burglary, assaults and attempts to kill are revealed in the latest statistics on national crime.
However, the figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) also show that the murder rate has fallen by almost 50pc in the 12 months up to the end of September.
Rape and sexual assault offences increased by 14.1pc, reflecting a consistent upward trend over the past seven years.