The number of kidnappings in Ireland rose by 25 per cent last year, a crime figures’ report has found.
According to data released by the Central Office of Statistics (CSO), there were 31 more kidnappings in 2015 than in 2014.
The number jumped from 124 to 155, suggesting that around three people in Ireland are kidnapped each week.
The kidnapping category for crime statistics covers false imprisonment, abduction and human trafficking offences among others.
False imprisonment can refer to an incident where a person is prevented from leaving a building, with these cases up 75 per cent in 2015.
There were slight drops in human trafficking offences and abductions, the latter of which involves the detention of a child under 16.
A tiger kidnapping in Dublin hit the headlines in December last year, when a gang held a mother and daughter hostage and demanded a ransom of more than €200,000.