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Portrait of the Queen defaced on a Co Antrim Orange Hall

An Orange Hall on the outskirts of Lisburn, Co Antrim has been attacked by vandals.

Graffiti was daubed on the exterior of Derriaghy Orange hall and a portrait of the Queen, located at the front of the building, was also defaced.

It is understood the incident took place at the weekend, with nearby business premises also targeted.

The Derriaghy incident is the ninth reported attack on Orange property so far this year in Northern Ireland, and the third within the last three weeks following separate incidents in Wattlebridge, Fermanagh, and nearby Glenavy.

An Orange Order spokesman condemned those responsible for the Derriaghy attack.

"Those who engage in such premeditated wanton vandalism should be ashamed of their actions," he said.

“It is no coincidence such criminality should occur on the weekend of the Queen’s official 90th birthday celebrations. Such deliberate contempt for our monarch is contemptible and outrageous, and will quite rightly be condemned by the vast majority of the local community.

“The intolerant and ignorant delinquents behind this attack have nothing to offer our society going forward.”

The Institution has appealed for anyone with any information in relation to the Derriaghy attack to contact the police as a matter of urgency.

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