SPORADIC violence has long been a fact of life at Muckamore Abbey.
Between 2014 and 2017 there have been 4,546 reported attacks on staff.
How many went unreported is anyone’s guess.
But official Government statistics seem to suggest that there has been a significant spike in crime, starting at around Christmas last year.
In the 12 months up to June this year there were over 100 crimes reported to police in the area around Abbey Road where the hospital is sited.
And a hugely disproportionate amount of those were for ‘violence and sexual offences’.
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