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Orange hall targeted in paint bomb attack

An attack on a landmark Orange hall has been described as a deliberate attempt to stir up sectarian tensions.

A number of paint bombs were thrown at the historic Clifton Street hall in north Belfast during the early hours of yesterday.

Damage was caused to the front of the building, which was fitted with a protective cage after previous incidents of vandalism.

Tom Haire, the Orange Order’s Belfast county grand master, blamed republicans intent on wreaking havoc.

“We deplore the paint bombing of Clifton Street Orange hall,” he said.

“Brethren in north Belfast have made great strides to make the hall a community facility for all and this attack was clearly carried out by people who have no respect or tolerance for a differing

viewpoint. The Twelfth is now over and it is time for such lawlessness to stop.”

Meanwhile, paint bombs were also hurled at Glenavy Orange hall in Co Antrim.

The building, which is situated on the village’s Main Street, was targeted overnight on Tuesday.

The attack comes in the wake of a contentious Orange Order demonstration through nearby Crumlin passing off peacefully last week.

Glenavy district spokesman James Tinsley said: “It is downright despicable.”

There has been cross-community condemnation of both attacks with Sinn Fein deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Tierna Cunningham, saying: “I want to condemn this attack and make it very clear that these kinds of incidents serve absolutely no purpose.”

DUP Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson described those responsible as “reprehensible”.

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