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Orange Order condemns 'moronic' attack on hall

By Chris McCullough

Published 06/06/2016

The Orange hall at Crewe Road in Upper Ballinderry was hit by paint bombs
The Orange hall at Crewe Road in Upper Ballinderry was hit by paint bombs

A sectarian paint bomb attack on an Orange hall in Co Antrim was the eighth of its kind on Order property this year.

The hall in Upper Ballinderry was vandalised on Saturday night.

The Orange Order condemned the attack on the Crewe Road premises.

Police are treating the vandalism as a hate crime and have appealed for anyone with any information to come forward.

A spokesman for the Orange Order said: "The mindless individuals behind this cowardly act have nothing to offer society and should be ashamed of their actions.

"This hall, like many others across the province, serves as a centre for events and social engagement in the locality.

"Such moronic activity is an attack on the entire community and serves absolutely no purpose.

"Clearly there remains a legacy of hatred against the Orange Order amongst a small minority, who are still prepared to manifest their hatred.

"The vast majority of the community utterly rejects such sectarianism and criminality."

The institution has also appealed for anyone with information in relation to the Upper Ballinderry attack to contact the police.

PSNI Constable Rebecca Smyth said: "Police are treating this as a hate crime and I am appealing for anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact police in Lisburn on 101.

"Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on telephone number 0800 555 111."

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