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Police probe hate crime as graffiti daubed on Orange hall in Crumlin

By Staff Reporter

Police are treating sectarian graffiti scrawled on an Orange hall in Crumlin as a sectarian hate crime.

Two wheelie bins were pushed up against the front door of Crumlin Memorial Orange hall, and set alight, causing scorch damage.

Sectarian graffiti was also daubed on to the wall and door of the building, situated on the Co Antrim village's main street. The hall has been targeted on numerous previous occasions in recent years.

The Orange arch and local Presbyterian Church were also targeted.

Police were alerted just after 4.30am yesterday.

An Orange Order spokesman condemned those responsible.

He said: "This is a despicable hate crime which bears all the hallmarks of a deliberate sectarian attack.

"Given the timing of the incident, during the early hours of the Twelfth morning, it was clearly premeditated to heighten community tensions in the area.

"It was extremely fortunate the damage sustained was not much more serious.

"This latest attack is sadly yet another example of the active intolerance of a minority who continue to manifest their hatred towards the Orange Institution, by attacking our properties."

He appealed to any members of the public who noticed anything suspicious to contact police.

The spokesman added: "Those who engage in such criminality must be brought to justice."

Chief Inspector Keith Jackson said police are treating it as a hate crime and enquiries are ongoing.

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