Almost 10 assaults in Cookstown and Magherafelt each week


On average almost 10 assaults are recorded in both and Cookstown and Magherafelt each week.

In response to a request from the MAIL, the PSNI confirmed that just under 1,000 assaults in 2013 had taken place between Cookstown and Magherafelt.

Magherafelt were just behind Cookstown with a total of 472 assaults recorded for the area last year.

All assault offences recorded across Mid-Ulster included: assault without injury on a constable, assault without injury, assault with intent to cause serious harm and assault with injury.

Speaking about the figures, Chief Inspector for the district, Jane Humprhies said: “The figures contained within the Freedom of Information request refer to all reported assaults within the policing Areas of Cookstown and Dungannon, including assaults on police, and do not refer exclusively to assaults within town centres or those in which alcohol is thought to have been a factor.

“Cookstown and Dungannon are both extremely safe places to visit and socialise. As with any town of similar size there have on occasion been some instances were over indulgence in alcohol has led to bad judgements and unsafe choices being made.

“As a police service we recognise this and we work closely with partners including local schools, community groups, publicans and night clubs on a range of proactive, preventative education and enforcement initiatives.

“In addition police also carry out dedicated, targeted patrolling operations not only in town centres at weekends but throughout both policing Areas on an ongoing basis to help prevent incidents occurring.”

Cookstown Street Angels, patrol the streets in the town every other Saturday night from 1am to 4am to help police and nightclub owners

Around 15 volunteers staff the project run by Postive Steps Community Organisation which works in conjunction with other community organisations such as TIPSA

The aim of Cookstown Street Angels is to reduce the level of anti-social behaviour and to help those who would be most vulnerable on Saturday nights when nightclubs close, especially young women.