Inishowen courts left virtually powerless
‘We cannot even serve a summons in Derry’
CRIME across Inishowen has soared this quarter, with theft and burglaries in border areas of the peninsula being especially rife.
Despite this, a leading Inishowen solicitor has warned that the legal system here is virtually powerless when it comes to punishing those from our neighbouring jurisdictions as community service orders and summons are unenforceable.
A total of 486 criminal offences occurred across Inishowen in the first six months of the year, according to the latest statistics released by the Central Statistics Office.
Theft is far and away the most common crime in the peninsula with 127 offences being recorded at the peninsula’s eight Garda Stations.
However, worryingly there has been a huge increase in crime recorded at the border Garda Stations, in particular burglaries have soared in areas such as Muff, Newtown and Carrigans.
A total of 39 burglaries were reported at the four Garda Stations, Burnfoot, Carrigans, Muff and Newtowncunningham, on the border between Inishowen and Derry in the first six months of 2014 – more than double the number for the same period last year.
Most burglaries occurred in the small border village of Carrigans, which is six miles from Derry City centre.
The problem with border crime was highlighted at a court case in Buncrana this week when a young Derry man faced two charges of theft from cars in Quigley’s Point earlier this year.
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