The late-night weekend violence plaguing north’s towns and cities

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Amid concerns over binge-drinking, anti-social behaviour and violence at weekends in Northern Ireland, I created a graphic for a story to show the scale of the problem.

The image is based on FOI figures detailing weekend violence (assaults, etc) recorded by police in each town and city.

It illustrates incidents that happened between 10pm and 6am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from October 2012 to September 2013.

I used Open Heatmap to plot the data before creating a print-friendly version in Photoshop.

I think it worked rather well to catch the reader’s eye and show the scale of the problem across the north of Ireland.

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Here’s a Google map of the data:


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