Knife seizures on rise in Cork city 

Knife seizures on rise in Cork city 

Gardaí are concerned that people are opting to walk the city’s streets armed with such weapons.

THE number of seizures of knives and other offensive weapons in Cork city has risen in the past 12 months.

To date this year, there were 141 seizures of knives, shivs and other such weapons seized by gardaí. This is up 8% on the 130 seized last year.

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said the seizures have been made in a number of circumstances, including when people have been stopped and searched on the street.

Gardaí are concerned that people are opting to walk the city’s streets armed with such weapons.

In October, a man was stabbed while sitting in his car with his young daughter on North Main Street. In May, a man was rushed to hospital after being stabbed in Knocknaheeny, just days after a separate stabbing in Curraheen.

In recent weeks, Fianna Fáil have brought a bill before the Dail seeking tougher penalties for knife crime in the wake of the rising figures nationally.

Currently, the penalty for carrying a knife intended to injure another person is a maximum of five years in prison and/or a fine. The Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2019 seeks to increase the penalty to ten years. Fianna Fáil also wants a knife amnesty.

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