Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Orange Order condemns arson attack

The aftermath of a fire in the Orange Hall, on the Crumlin Road in Belfast
Minister for culture, arts and leisure Nelson McCausland surveys the damage to the Orange Hall
A police forensic officer at the fire-damaged Orange Hall, on the Crumlin Road, Belfast

The Orange Order has condemned arsonists who targeted one of its halls in what police branded a sectarian attack.

The Ligoniel Orange Hall on the Crumlin Road in Belfast was extensively damaged after a neighbouring derelict building was set alight.

Police said they believe the incident was a sectarian attack and they are treating it as a hate crime.

The Orange Order said the hall had been largely disused following a previous attack.

A spokesman for the Order said: "What is clear is that this is another attack on the Orange culture. It may well be an attempt to create community tension and we would urge anyone with information about the attack to contact the police so they can catch the culprits."

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds condemned the attack and also appealed for the public to help the police investigation.

"Our society is moving forward to a better future and we cannot allow a tiny minority to carry out acts of hatred and destruction," said the DUP representative.

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