THERE were almost 400 assaults in Cork in the first three months of this year.
In Cork city, there were 220, including 48 assaults causing harm.
In the county, there were 97 assaults in the Cork North Garda division and 72 in Cork West.
And analysis of garda statistics on the Central Statistics Office website by the Evening Echo showed that Cork city recorded 1,132 assaults last year. This is the highest since the CSO started publishing crime statistics in 2003.
The figures are revealed as gardaí undertake a national Use Your Brain Not Your Fists campaign to reduce the number of assaults.
It comes following concern about the number of assualts across the country last year, which gardaí say is the highest since 2008.
A garda spokesman said the statistics have been analysed by the Garda Siochana Analysis Service.
The analysis of the national statistics revealed:
• Early hours of Sunday morning are peak times for assaults at non-residential locations
• Assaults linked to the night time economy up 1% between 2016 and 2017
• 87% of offenders in assault causing harm cases are male; 53% are males aged between 18 and 34 years
• 76% of offenders in minor assaults are male; 34% are males aged between 18 and 34 years.
He added: "According to the GSAS, the majority of assaults are carried out by males aged between 18 and 34 against males of a similar age. These assaults typically take place in and around public places (street, roads, pubs and hotels) between 8pm and 5am at the weekend, peaking early Sunday morning."
He added: "International research has shown that the level of assaults can be associated with the vibrancy of the night time economy, which has shown signs of recovery in this country following the recession. The total number of assaults decreased year on year between 2008 and 2013, but since then it has increased – last year saw the highest number of assaults since 2008. Assault levels to date this year are on par with 2017 levels."