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Kids are not alright Top Cork garda warns kids as young as 12 are getting drunk and staying out till 1am

"Do their parents know where they are?", he asked.

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Gardai continue to target dealers who have fled Drogheda. FILE PHOTO

Gardai continue to target dealers who have fled Drogheda. FILE PHOTO

Gardai continue to target dealers who have fled Drogheda. FILE PHOTO

A top Garda officer has revealed how kids as young as 12 are coming into Cork’s city centre, getting drunk and staying out late.

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin warned the city's Joint Policing Committee that “vulnerable” children are staying out until 1am, and despite Garda patrols, there have been a number of assaults reported.

"Do their parents know where they are?", he asked.

While crime statistics were down overall across Cork City compared to the same period last year, Chief Superintendent McPolin said that some trends were pointing to an increase in public order offences.

Chief Supt McPolin said property crime fell by 36 per cent in the first five months of this year compared to the same period of last year.

Crimes against the person have also fallen and no murders have been recorded in Cork City this year.

Criminal damage also fell by 10 per cent, dropping from 459 incidents in the first five months of last year to 415 this year. Arson also fell by 11 per cent (from 36 last year to 32 this year).

Public order offences also dropped overall, falling by 6 per cent. Drunkenness offences fell from 382 to 321 (16 per cent) but public order offences increased slightly, rising from 388 to 403.

Weapons offences fell from 107 to 83 (-22 per cent) and traffic collisions also decreased from 1,089 to 923 (-15 per cent) with no fatal traffic collisions in Cork City so far this year.

But the crime statistics that run from January 1 to May 31 has seen an increase in harassment, stalking and threats and menacing phone calls.

Rape and sexual assaults also increased by 11 per cent from 53 to 59 and drugs offences increased by 63 per cent, rising from 505 to 823 offences.

“Drugs are very much here in Cork City,” Chief Supt McPolin said, although an increase in gardaí assigned to drug units in the city had helped bring about the marked increase in detections, he added.

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There were 1,066 offences recorded under the Covid 19 Infectious Diseases (Powers under the Health Act 1947) which included failing to wear a face mask and throwing house parties.

The JPC was also told that "a big scam" in Cork City involving accommodation fraud has seen tenants robbed of thousands of euro.

The scam usually involves property being advertised on social media platforms. When contacted the scammer claims to be out of the country but requests a deposit. When the keys arrive they do not fit the property, which already has someone else living in it.

From January 1 to June 1, gardaí recorded 20 such incidents of accommodation fraud with individual losses ranging from €450 to €5,312 with more than €24,000 lost in total.

Sergeant Brian McSweeney, crime prevention officer for Cork City, warned people to make sure the house exists before paying any deposit.

“Meet the landlord on site,” he advised. “Use a bank draft for the deposit. And make sure the keys fit before signing the contract,” he told Cork City's Joint Policing Committee.

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