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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Murder rates fall but rape and assault cases increase

In Dublin, 107 threats to kill were issued in 2015 compared to 168 total in the year previous
In Dublin, 107 threats to kill were issued in 2015 compared to 168 total in the year previous

The nation's latest crime statistics have revealed an increase in violent and sexual crimes but a drop in the number of murders.

The figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show incidents of recorded crime during the 12 months up to the end of June this year.

The number of murders dropped by 35.5pc compared to last year's figures, falling from 93 to 60. However, threats to kill increased by 52.6pc from 357 to 537 year-on-year.

In Dublin, 107 threats to kill were issued in 2015 compared to 168 total in the year previous.

There were seven attempted murders in the city in 2015 up until June.

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The number of assaults also saw a worrying 11.5pc increase to 10,748 while assaults causing harm and poisoning offences hit the 3,240 mark - a 5.2pc increase.

The data also revealed a further increase in the number of offences most closely associated with organised crime. Possession of a firearm rocketed by 21pc up to 214. However, despite more guns being recovered by gardai the study also reveals the number of those firing an illegal weapons dropped by 2pc.

Controlled drug offences fell overall by 1.2pc to 14,488 crimes. The cultivation of drugs saw a 19pc drop while the number of drugs seizures made by gardai for personal use fell by 1pc.

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However, the possession of drugs for sale or supply increased 1pc, to 3,448 cases.

There was also an increase in the number of sexual offences in the state.

The overall category saw an increase of 3.3pc which included an increase of 6.7pc in rapes and 6.5pc in sexual assaults.

In the capital, the number of sexual offences recorded between January and June of this year stands at 376 compared to 346 in the same period last year.

Burglaries saw a 9pc increase nationwide, while there was also a 11.2pc rise in thefts from shops.

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