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Rise in assault and sexual offences in 2015

Assault and sexual offences rose by 14 per cent in 2015
Assault and sexual offences rose by 14 per cent in 2015

New figures released the by Central Statistics Office show a rise in assault and sexual offences in 2015.

Sexual offences rose by 14 per cent over a 12-month period.

However, the homicide rate has dropped by 35% since 2014 with the number of murders falling from 50 to 37.

The number of sexual offences recorded rose to 2,262 with rape of a male or female offences increased by 12.5%.

Sexual assault (not aggravated) offences increased by 15.7%. 

Threats to murder, assaults harassment and related offences rose to 13 per cent.

There were 28,407 recorded burglary and related offences recorded in the 12-month period.

Kidnapping related offences rose by 8.7 per cent to 138 while false imprisonment rates increased to 40 per cent to 77.