Belfast Telegraph

Car rammed through Orange hall gates and set on fire

Appeals have been made for information about an attack on an Orange hall in the Newry area.

A car was rammed through the padlocked steel gates of Sheepbridge Orange Hall before it was set on fire and destroyed, although no damage was caused to the building.

The vehicle, which was thought to have been a Red Passat, was left to burn in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the site.

“The gates to the hall were padlocked and chained. The driver of the car may well have rammed them a number of times before breaking through,” said a spokesman for Grand Lodge. “The car was then set on fire, with the clear intention of damaging the hall.

“This is a quiet area but people living nearby may have heard or seen something. We would appeal for them to contact the police and help with their investigation.”

Two Ulster Unionist representatives in the Fewes area, David Taylor and Andy Moffett, said the attack “only serves to raise public tension unnecessarily”.

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