In 2017, the most recent year with available data, three children under the age of 18 were picked up in Limerick for issuing “threats to kill”
THREE children in Limerick have come to the attention of gardaí for making murder threats, newly released official figures show.
The figures are included in the annual report of the Garda youth diversion programme, the national programme offering young people the opportunity to accept a caution instead of going to court.
In 2017, the most recent year with available data, three children under the age of 18 were picked up in Limerick for issuing “threats to kill”.
According to the report, murder threats are the most common homicide offence amongst under 18-year-olds.
The threats amongst under 18-year-olds also increased “substantially” in 2017, although the numbers remain low nationally.
Threats to kill increased by 62% in 2017 to 21 incidents, with 58% of all incidents nationally made by a male to another male.
In 34% of cases, the threat was made by a male to a female.
From 2013 to 2017, 270 under-18s in Limerick came to the attention of gardaí for more serious crimes, a rate of almost five teens a month.
These crimes included burglary, assault causing harm and the possession of drugs for sale or supply.
According to the report, 17 under 18-year-olds in Limerick in 2017 came to the attention of gardaí for burglary, with 10 of these being recorded by gardaí at Roxboro Road.
Seven teens in 2017 also came to the attention of gardaí for assaults causing harm, with five of these offences recorded at Mayorstone Park.
A further 11 under-18-year-olds in Limerick were also recorded for the possession of drugs for sale or supply.
Nationally, there has been a total of 38,141 children for whom a youth referral has been created between 2013 and 2016.