Some offences were up while some down but overall, local crime levels were lower when compared to the same quarter last year, Superintendent Philip Lyons told a Mountmellick Joint Policing Committee meeting.
Burglaries showed a 29 per cent rise while thefts were up 22 per cent. However, criminal damage dropped by almost 60 per cent while drug and alcohol offences were down 60 per cent. Public order offences went up by 30 per cent.
He said six assaults had been recorded. These, he stated, were minor or relatively minor. There had been no change in the number of arrests for drink driving. Patrick’s Day in Mountmellick had been very quiet, he added.