Police attacked by gang as petrol bomb and paint thrown at Clifton Street Orange Hall
Police have come under attack from a gang of 20 youths after a petrol bomb and paint was thrown at Clifton Street Orange Hall.
On Sunday June 28 just after 10pm paint and a petrol bomb was thrown at the front of the hall causing minor damage.
Police also came under attack from approximately 20 youths throwing sticks and stones.
It is being treated by police as a sectarian hate crime.
Inspector Roy Watton said: “This is being investigated as a sectarian hate crime and I appeal to anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed the incident around 10 pm to contact police on the non -emergency number 101.
"Alternatively information may be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.”
Sinn Féin Councillor JJ Magee hit out at those who attacked the Orange Hall saying that it would "add to tensions" over the marching season.
He said: “This attack was wrong and those behind it offer nothing to society in bringing about respect and reconciliation between the different communities.
“I would appeal for people to desist from this activity immediately which are only adding to tensions over the marching season.”
The Ulster Unionist party's north Belfast spokesperson Andy Allen condemned the attack.
He said: "Clifton Street Orange Hall is an iconic and historic building of great symbolic importance to many people. The individuals who attacked it last night with paint and petrol bombs knew exactly what they were doing.
“I unreservedly condemn this attack as I would condemn any attack and I am very clear that there is no justification for the targeting of any property, regardless of motive.
“It is clear that there are elements out there that are determined to whip up tensions and provoke a response in the form of retaliation. This is a road to nowhere and a trap into which the community must not walk.
“I would urge people to remain calm and for anyone with any information that might help the police apprehend those responsible, to contact them on 101 or anonymously by contacting crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”