Rise in stalking incidents in Kerry

There has been a sharp rise in incidents of stalking in Kerry.

Figures given to the Kerry Joint Policing Committee (JPC) shows recorded incidents of stalking and harassment have doubled from seven in 2014 to 15 in the first eight months of this year.

Gardai said there has also been an increase in menacing phonecalls.

Giving a breakdown of crime in the county to the newly formed JPC, which is made up of councillors and community representatives, gardaí said drunkenness was still the biggest issue, with a 30% increase in arrests this year compared to last.

Drink-fuelled incidents had increased by as much as 30% in 2015.

Some 419 people were arrested for drunkenness in the eight month period of January to August — compared to 323 in the same period in 2014.

Drink-driving is up by 12% — from 184 in the first eight months of 2014 to 206 incidents in the same period in 2015.

The JPC was told recorded drugs crime was down, as was sexual crime, and so far this year there have been five road fatalities — compared with 12 for the whole of last year.

The meeting also heard that busloads of intoxicated young people are arriving into Killarney leading to an increase in antisocial behaviour.

“It’s a policing issue in Killarney and has been with some time. Most weekends this is a problem,” a Garda spokesman said. The buses are mainly from towns in the North Cork area.

The meeting heard some of the passengers were too young and too drunk to get into nightclubs or bars and problems started as they waited around to be collected.

Garda resources were stretched at weekends, particularly at holiday periods.

Meanwhile, Kerry’s senior garda, Chief Supt Pat Sullivan, responded to a question from Tralee Cllr Pa Daly who sought information on crime in Killarney and Tralee.

“Tralee is where most incidents happen throughout the division,” Chief Supt Sullivan said.


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