Belfast Telegraph

Attack on Orange hall 'a bid to ramp up tension'

By Catherine Lynagh

A sectarian attack on an Orange hall in Co Antrim has been branded an attempt to escalate tension during the marching season.

Police are investigating after Dunloy Orange Hall was targeted in a paintbomb attack some time between Friday night and Saturday morning. It is understood the Station Road building was sprayed with graffiti.

The Orange Order condemned the incident as an attack on "Protestant and Orange culture."

A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said: "It is clearly designed to create tension in the area but we would urge people not to fall into that trap.

The spokesman said the only way to respond to sectarian attacks is to gather information "that is useful to the police, who must do everything they can to bring the culprits before the courts."

Leading Orangeman, Ballymoney DUP councillor John Finlay, said the Co Antrim hall has frequently come under attack.

He said: "Such attacks have become a regular occurrence in the village which stands in a largely dominated republican area.

"I appeal to anyone with information to pass it onto the PSNI," Mr Finlay added.

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