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Hate crime probe after loyalist flute band's bus torched

Published 22/07/2016

The PSNI are appealing for information
The PSNI are appealing for information

A loyalist flute band's bus has been destroyed by fire.

Detectives are understood to be treating the incident in Co Antrim as a hate crime.

The vehicle belonged to the Dervock Young Defenders flute band and was set alight outside an Orange hall in Carncullagh Road in Dervock in the early hours of Friday.

DUP Stormont assembly member Mervyn Storey said: "Regrettably there are a small element of individuals who are determined to spread sectarian hatred."

Police said the fire was reported to them just after 05.30am.

PSNI Inspector Michael McDonnell said: "The cause of the fire is being investigated and we are appealing for witnesses to come forward."

An Orange Order spokesman said: "The arsonists responsible for the vile and premeditated attack on private transport in Dervock have nothing to offer society - only turmoil and discord.

"Such criminality, and the trail of destruction in its aftermath, is absolutely reprehensible and must be universally condemned."

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