Cork crime: Teen gangs blamed for rise in robberies

Cork crime: Teen gangs blamed for rise in robberies
A number of robberies have been reported to gardaí on Grand Parade. Picture: Denis Minihane.

GANGS of teenagers are responsible for a large increase in the number of robberies from people so far this year.

In the latest crime statistics from gardaí across the city, robbery from the person has increased by 90% in the first nine months of 2019.

The crime category has seen an increase of 36 reported incidents, rising to 76 from last year’s 40.

Speaking at the city’s Joint Policing Committee meeting today, where the figures were unveiled, Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan said the increase was driven by gangs of teenagers who were targeting people in specific areas of the city at certain times.

“We have had a significant number of incidents earlier in the summer where gangs of teenagers in the city were robbing people around Church Street, Grand Parade and Sheares Street between 4pm and 6pm and from 9pm to late,” he said.

“This does not account for all of the crimes reported, but the main concentration of them were there.”

The Superintendent said that a number of these individuals are before the courts in relation to the incidents and there has been a decrease since prosecutions were taken in recent months.

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