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Two Orange halls targeted in hate crimes within hours

By Adrian Rutherford

Sectarian graffiti has been daubed on the wall of an Orange hall in Lisburn - the second such attack within a few hours.

Police are treating the incident at Flowerhill Orange hall on the Hillhall Road as a hate crime. It happened overnight on Tuesday.

Sectarian graffiti was also sprayed on Dungonnell Orange hall near Antrim between midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

There have been around 20 attacks on Orange Order property this year.

Ulster Unionist MLA Jennifer Palmer said: "These are attacks not just on a hall, they are an attack on our community and our culture."

Last month a bus containing a flute band's instruments was destroyed by arsonists outside an Orange hall in Co Antrim.

In another attack, graffiti was daubed on the walls of Newmills Orange hall near Dungannon.

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