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Orange Hall attacked with republican graffiti in 'sectarian hate crime'

Police are treating vandalism at a Co Antrim Orange Hall as a "sectarian hate crime".

Rasharkin Orange Hall on Main Street was daubed with republican graffiti between 9 and 11pm on Saturday.

The hall has frequently been targeted over the years but has not seen an attack since 2016.

UUP leader Robin Swann said that he was not surprised by the attack.

"I am disgusted and disappointed though not surprised that Rasharkin Orange Hall has been attacked again and painted with pro-IRA graffiti," the North Antrim MLA said.

"The members of the lodge had recently painted the outside of the hall themselves but those who are driven by hatred and the need for division couldn't let it alone.

"It is not surprising as there is a small group within the village who are hell bent on raising tension at this time of year while the majority of the village just want to live and let live."

Police have appealed for information in relation to the criminal damage at the hall.

Sergeant Craig has appealed for anyone who has information about this incident, which is being treated as a sectarian hate crime, to contact Police at Coleraine on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1593 28/07/18.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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