There has been an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents across the country.

It has lead to calls for action to tackle the growing problem in communities across Ireland.

 

There was a surge in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents across the country in the second half of last year.

A Sunday Independent study of CSO statistics shows a 14 per cent increase in harassment and related offences between July and December.

There was also an eight per cent rise in 'disorderly conduct' which includes violent disorder, public order offences and drunkenness.

The research shows a growing trend in crime categories linked to  abuse of alcohol, the carrying of weapons and robberies over the past two years.

Opposition parties have called for action to prevent anti-social behaviour.

While the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told the newspaper that parents and schools had a key role to play in tackling the problem.

He says Gardai will tackle the problems head-on but need co-operation.

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