Dublin and cross-border gangs targeted Leitrim last year

Gardai in Leitrim say Dublin and cross-border gangs are involved in an increasing number of burglaries in the county.

Gardai are to allocate more resources to tackling the issue of burglaries this year.

Superintendent Kevin English says that homes are being targetted during the day and cash and jewellery are being taken.

He gave a presentation to Leitrim’s Joint Policing Committee yesterday on the 2017 crime figures locally.

Speaking to Ocean FM News today he confirmed that while a lot of the crime is carried out locally, there is evidence that gangs from outside the county are also responsible for some of the burglaries.

He also says the cooperation of public has been vital in tackling crime.

He outlined to Ocean FM News today one incident in particular this month that prevented what could have been a major robbery of a financial premises in Manorhamilton earlier this month.

It’s one of a number of issues raised by the Superintendent at the Joint Policing Committee meeting.

He spoke to Claire Mulcahy earlier about some of the issues that came to their attention in 2017:

The figures from yesterday’s meeting also show assaults were up, however, Gardai say many of those are domestic disputes.

In both Kinlough and Manorhamilton the assault figures doubled.

However, Kevin English says it’s important to put those figures in context: