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Graffiti attack at Orangeman's home

Graffiti branding a senior Orangeman a "sitting duck" has been daubed on a wall at his Co Londonderry home.

It is the second time in as many months that George Duddy's house on the outskirts of Coleraine has been targeted.

But he has vowed not to be intimidated.

He said: "This is the second time since August 10 that my home has been attacked. This time it was more sinister. My concern is that I have been linked to a paramilitary organisation and the second thing is that I have been described as a sitting duck which is intended to make me feel vulnerable.

"But I won't be intimidated. Most definitely not."

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed officers are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Last month vandals stole a Union flag from the rear of Mr Duddy's house at Drumaquill Road and sprayed sectarian graffiti.

He said he believed he had been targeted because he is an outspoken critic of those trying to ramp up tensions in the area.

"There is a small group of petty criminals responsible for this and I have been speaking out against them.

"I would be well known in the area," he added.

The Orange Order claimed there had been a spate of attacks against senior members of its institution in the Coleraine area and described the latest incident as sinister.

A spokesman said: "This latest sinister attack is deeply concerning and clearly yet another attempt by republicans to suppress Orangeism in the Coleraine area.

"The threatening nature of the graffiti is alarming and the reference linking Mr Duddy to a paramilitary organisation is as absurd as it is sickening."

The PSNI has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

A spokeswoman said: "Police in Coleraine are appealing for information after a house in the Drumaquill Road area of the town was damaged by graffiti last night. The incident occurred some time between 10.20pm and 10.40pm."

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