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Orange Hall attacked in Rasharkin

An Orange Hall has been targeted by vandals in Rasharkin, Co Antrim.

Some time overnight  a number of unknown persons painted graffiti onto the walls of the Orange Hall on Main Street.

The attack is being treated as a hate crime.

Police ask anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area or who has any information to contact them at Coleraine Station on 101.

The Orange Order have also said spouting was damaged overnight at an Orange Hall in Belleek, Co Fermanagh.

Condemning the attacks, Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Drew Nelson, urged those with any information in relation to the Rasharkin and Belleek incidents to contact police as a matter of urgency.

“It is very disappointing that there has been four attacks on Orange halls in the space of the past week. It is evident that republicans through such vile hate crimes are not only displaying their hatred of what the Orange Institution stands for and represents, but are also attempting to provoke loyalists to retaliate ahead of the Twelfth," he said.

“We would appeal in the strongest possible terms for no retaliation whatsoever for any of these attacks.

“We also pledge that all of the damaged halls, including Ballytyrone, will be fully repaired.”

He added: “These attacks only strengthen the Institution’s resolve, through our newly opened museums and educational and outreach centres, to work towards a better society in Northern Ireland.”

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