Stalking and drug use rise

Cases of intimidation, stalking and harassment reported in Weddin Shire have risen over the last year.

The most recent data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) shows that the number of cases jumped from 21 in the July 2018 to June 2019 period to 30 in the July 2019 to June 2020 period.

People charged with domestic violence related assault rose from seven to 11 over the same 12 months through the Weddin Shire Council area.

In positive news non-domestic violence related assault dropped, from seven people charged to four.

The number of people assaulting police remained at zero over the 12-month period.

The crime of trespass headed south in the 12-month reporting period, down from seven to six.

This continued a the downward trend over a five year period from a top of 12 in 2015-16.

The number of people charged with break and enter offences fell from eight to five.

Offences for possession and/or use of cannabis were up with three Weddin residents charged in the latest reporting period compared with only one in the previous period.

In the 2019-20 survey period no one was charged with possession and/or use of cocaine or with possession and/or use of ecstasy in the Weddin area.

Nobody was charged with dealing or trafficking in narcotics or cocaine but four individuals were charged with cultivating cannabis in the Local Government Area, up from one individual in the previous period.

Five people from the Weddin area were charged with arson offences.

There were 13 cases of malicious damage to property, down from 17 in the previous period.

Fraud charges in the area fell from nine to six and breaches of apprehended violence orders jumped from nine to 12.

House break-ins decreased.

House break-ins decreased.