There has been an increase in the number of shootings, bombing incidents and paramilitary-style attacks in Northern Ireland over the past year, newly published police statistics have revealed.
There was one security-related death – the murder of journalist Lyra McKee by dissident republicans – over the last 12 months, according to records kept by the PSNI from February 1 2019 to January 31 2020.
That represents a drop from three deaths across the previous 12 months.
However there was an increase in the number of shooting incidents, bombing incidents and paramilitary-style attacks.
There were 19 casualties of paramilitary-style shootings compared to 13 in the previous 12-month period. The number included an almost doubling in Belfast from five to nine.
There were 63 casualties of paramilitary-style assaults, up from 53 in the previous 12 months. Of the 63 victims, five were under the age of 18.
There were 19 bombing incidents, compared to 17 in the previous year and 40 shooting incidents, compared to 36 in the previous year.
The figures were released on Friday, a day after it emerged that dissident republicans had been plotting a Brexit Day explosion after a bomb was found attached to a lorry in County Armagh.
The PSNI said they first received a report about an explosive device in a lorry at Belfast docks on January 31.
In a call to a media outlet, it was claimed the lorry was due to travel by ferry to Scotland.
Meanwhile, the number of people arrested and charged for terror offences in the last year also dropped.
The PSNIâs Security Situation Statistics covering the 12 month period 1 February 2019 to 31 January 2020 have been published today. The publication is available on the PSNI website at https://t.co/pQsNCLybgY pic.twitter.com/nhKypbKxzG— NISRA (@NISRA) February 7, 2020
There were 128 persons arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, compared to 166 during the previous year.
The number of persons subsequently charged also dropped from 20 to 14 over the same period.