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Greencastle Orange Hall was attacked at the weekend

Greencastle Orange Hall was attacked at the weekend

Greencastle Orange Hall was attacked at the weekend

A graffiti and paint bomb attack on a north Belfast Orange Hall has been condemned.

The attack on Greencastle Orange Hall on the Whitewell Road happened at about 11.30pm on Friday, May 21.

Two men aged 19 and 21 were arrested on suspicion of causing the criminal damage. They were subsequently released on bail pending further enquiries.

North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds said: “This was a disgraceful attack which demonstrates only the intolerance of those who cannot accept the presence of an Orange Hall in the locality.

“Last year there was a series of sectarian attacks against this hall by republican bigots including an arson attack, graffiti attacks and the nailing of a Republic of Ireland tricolour onto the front of the building.

“Greencastle Orange Hall has existed at this location for over 70 years and is an important feature of local community life.

“I call upon local elected and community representatives to condemn this latest incident and to make clear that the Whitewell Road must be maintained as shared space for all communities. I urge them to call for an end to these attacks which are sending out a message of aggression and intolerance towards the local protestant and unionist people.”

Anyone with information on this criminal attack is asked to contact the police on 0845 600 8000 or to ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph