Banbridge Tanvally and Corbet Orange halls attacked
Two Orange halls just outside Banbridge have been targeted in overnight attacks.
Republican graffiti and paint were daubed on the exterior Tanvally hall on Glebe Road, Annaclone and Corbet hall on the Drone Road, in the early hours of Friday morning.
The Orange Order believes, given that the two properties are less than five miles apart, that the incidents may be linked.
It follows an attempted arson attack at Muckery Orange hall, Co Armagh, last weekend. Twelve Orange halls have been targeted so far this year.
Condemning the Banbridge attacks, an Orange Order spokesman said: "These were clearly coordinated and deliberate criminal acts against the Orange Institution and what it stands for.
"The mindless morons responsible for such callous sectarianism ought to be ashamed of their actions and must be held accountable.
"Their sinister exploits are in no way reflective of the excellent community relations in the Banbridge area, and indeed the members of both lodges are particularly active in their locality. The entire community must now unite in condemnation of these incidents."
He added: "This double attack is particularly sickening coming on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Such cowardly crime is in stark contrast to the gallant bravery shown by those who paid the supreme sacrifice 100 years ago.
"The Orange Institution would appeal for anyone with any information in relation to the Tanvally and Corbet attacks to contact the police as a matter of urgency."
Police are investigating.
Belfast Telegraph Digital