Significant increase in sexual offences in Sligo/Leitrim while drink-driving still a problem in Donegal

New figures show the number of sexual offences increased fourfold in the Sligo/Leitrim Garda Division over the summer months while drink driving continues to be a problem in Donegal.

However there was a fall in burglaries and public order offences in the 3rd quarter of this year compared to 2015.

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The Central Statistics Office has released it’s crime recorded figures for July, August and September of this year.

In the Sligo/Leitrim garda division there was an increase in the number of sexual offences year on year with just 2 recorded in quarter 3 of 2015 compared to 8 this year.

The number of people caught driving under the influence of alcohol showed no change with 37 recorded this year while no-one were caught under the influence of drugs.

The number of burglary related offences fell to 60 in 2016 from 97 last year however theft related offences rose from 174 to 190 in the 12 months.

In the Donegal Garda Division, 110 people were caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 107 of these were drink-driving offences and they are up from 84 last year.

There were 3 homicide offences over the period compared to none last year. All of these were related to dangerous driving offences.

Burglary offences in the county fell from 86 to 54 while there was also a major fall in theft related offences to 190 in 2016.

In both divisions the levels of disorderly conduct remain virtually unchanged but there was an increase in weapons and explosives offences in Donegal but a decrease in Sligo/Leitrim.

Public order offences also decreased in both districts, down to 175 from 197 in Sligo/Leitrim and to 310 from 313 year on year in Donegal.