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Alcohol-fuelled violence on rise in Moama police district

Figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show an increase in assaults have risen in the Moama region in the past two years to December 2013.

IVY WISE April 14, 2014 3:38am

Drug offences are down by nearly 50 per cent, but assaults have risen slightly in the Moama district from 2012-13.

The latest crime data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research for the 24 months to December 2013 shows assaults in the 2731 postcode area rose from 18 to 29, most of which (19) were alcohol-related.

Fourteen of those assaults were non-domestic, 14 were domestic and one related to assaulting a police officer.

Sexual offences remained the same with six reports.

Drug offences have dropped by 46 per cent, from 125 to 67.

Most offences related to using or possessing cannabis, with 54 incidents in 2012 and 27 last year.

Instances of using or possessing amphetamines has dropped significantly from 23 to nine and dealing or trafficking amphetamines down from seven to zero.

There were two incidents of cultivating cannabis for each year.

Although thefts were down from 234 in 2012 to 178 in 2013, break and enters rose from 21 to 36.

Motor vehicle theft halved from 12 to six, while thefts from a vehicle also dropped from 66 to 42.

Four reports of stock theft were received in 2013, compared to one the previous year.

Fraud offences dropped by 10 to six.

The statistics show instances of malicious damage to property and arson remained roughly the same, while liquor offences decreased from 28 to 15.

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