Number of assaults in Kerry increase by 40%

The number of assaults committed in Kerry has increased over the past three months.

According to figures released at the recent Joint Policing Committee meeting, there were 160 assaults committed in Kerry during the first quarter of this year.

Of this total, 130 were minor assaults, while 30 were assault causing harm offences.

During the same period in 2018, Kerry gardaí recorded 114 assaults from January-March.

While the number of serious assaults has deceased during the first quarter of this year when compared to the same period last year, minor assaults have increased by over 75%.