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Apprentice Boys hall attacked for fourth night in row

BY GARRETT HARGAN

The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall in Londonderry has been attacked for a fourth night running, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to the building.

On Thursday night paint and glass caused considerable damage to stonework and new doors that had been specially installed for the City of Culture year.

The hall has been damaged many times over the years.

It lies just beside the city walls from which those responsible usually launch their attacks.

Billy Stewart, one of the Memorial Hall trustees, condemned the latest assault.

He said: "Last night the hall came under attack for the fourth night running. It has caused extensive damage to the stonework. Being a listed building it is not easy to repair.

"We are looking at £5,000 worth of damage."

There has also been extensive damage to reinforced doors that were put in place to mark the City of Culture year. Mr Stewart went on to say that the incident will not affect the hard work that has been done to build cross-community relations in the city.

"We are well aware that this is an isolated minority intent on causing trouble for the rest of us." Foyle SDLP MP Mark Durkan hit out at those responsible for the attack.

He said: "I strongly condemn these despicable acts of wanton vandalism.

"We want to see people stand up and give whatever information may be of use to the police without delay, so that the small minority who are all too often responsible for carrying out this type of attack are apprehended and brought to justice."

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