Tuesday 20 March 2018

Spike in drug and drink crime

Bill Browne

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed a steady increase in the number of arrests for drink driving across the Cork North Garda division over the course of 2016.

The final quarter of the year saw a sharp rise in the number of detections, with the figure for the three-month period up by almost 40% compared to the same period in 2015. 

During the three month-period leading up to December 31 Gardai recorded 83 drink drive offences, an increase of 23 detections on the same period in 2015.  

The final quarter crime figures for 2016 for the division - which covers Mallow, Fermoy, Midleton, Cobh and Youghal - also recorded increases across other categories, most notably drug and public order related offences. Public order, assault and criminal damage offences also increased in the same period in North Cork.

Meanwhile, gardai are to prepare files for the DPP following two unrelated seizures of quantities of heroin with a value totalling over €20,000 in two separate operations at the weekend. The first seizure was made on Friday night in Macroom, where they discovered €4,000 worth of heroin, destined for the local market. On Saturday, gardai seized a further €18,000 worth of heroin in the Fermoy area.