There has been an increase in the number of murders in the first three months of this year when compared to last year, according to CSO crime figures.

Read the CSO figures here

A total of 16 people were murdered between January and March, one more than for the same period last year, while murder threats were up by over 60%.

Robbery, hijacking and extortion offences rose by a quarter, while there were also increases in burglary and theft offences. There were decreases in fraud and sex offences.

There was a drop in weapons and explosives offences, with shootings down over 30%.

The statistics also show a drop in the crimes associated with criminal gangs.

Drugs importation was down 50%, as was drug dealing.