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Co Tyrone Strawletterdallon Orange Hall attacked for second time in days

Published 18/02/2016

A door damaged in the first attack this week.
A door damaged in the first attack this week.

A Co Tyrone Orange hall has been attacked for the second time in as many days.

Windows were smashed on Strawletterdallon Hall near Newtownstewart at around 7pm on Thursday evening.

It follows after police opened an investigation on Wednesday following a similar attack.

An Orange Order spokesman said there was a “hate campaign” against the local Protestant community.

He called for a greater and more noticeable police presence in the area to deter such criminal activities, and prevent possible further and more serious damage to the rural property.

He said: "Given the similarities with the previous attack, there is little doubt that the perpetrators have reverted to type and once again, under the cover of darkness, brazenly reengaged in their wicked deeds. The sheer audacity of these criminals knows no bounds.

“Despite such destructive sectarian behaviour, the Orange fraternity in and around Newtownstewart will not be deterred by a minority rump whose futile activities are not representative of the wider community. We urge those responsible to think again and immediately desist.”

Police are treating the damage to Strawletterdallon Hall near Newtownstewart in Co Tyrone earlier this week as a sectarian hate crime.

Five windows, including door panels, were smashed in the incident.

West Tyrone DUP MLA Tom Buchanan added: "This is an attack on an important rural community facility. It is an unfortunate reality that those who agitate against Loyal Order parades and seek to demonise the Orange institution help create a climate where others feel justified to attack property."

Police have appealed for information.

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