Assaults up as recession ends
Violent assaults leave a 'terrible legacy' on all involved, a meeting of the Louth Joint Policing Committees heard last week.
Chieft Supt. Christy Mangan highlighted the crime statistics for all three districts in Louth, Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee.
The figures showed that serious assaults were up across the board, and by 87% in Drogheda and 54% in Dundalk.
Chief Supt. Mangan said that some of the reasons behind these figures were assaults that took place late at night after socialising.
He said that the amount of people enjoying night entertainment had gone up in recent times, with perhaps more people being back at work and having money to socialise.
He said that in some cases people who had consumed too much alcohol, and perhaps also taken drugs ended up in altercations that could become serious.
The garda chief said that there were affects on all parties, both on the victim who could sustained injuries, which can be serious and long lasting, and on the perpetrator who then ends up being dealt with by the justice system.
Cllr. Antoin Watters congratulated the gardai no the recent operation in Carlingford on the Easter weekend. He said this had a 'great impact' and the community were happy with how it worked.