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Yobs deface portrait of Queen in latest Orange Hall attack

By Cate McCurry

Published 15/06/2016

The damaged portrait of The Queen at the front of Derriaghy Orange Hall, near Lisburn
The damaged portrait of The Queen at the front of Derriaghy Orange Hall, near Lisburn

A picture of the Queen has been damaged in the latest attack on an Orange Hall.

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

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

Police are treating the attack as a hate crime.

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

An Orange Order spokesman condemned those responsible.

"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 appealed for anyone with any information about the Derriaghy attack to contact the police as a matter of urgency.

PSNI Inspector Alexander Johnston said: "Police are treating this as a hate crime, and I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has any information that could help in the investigation to contact police."

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