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The PSNI said that it was treating the incident at the Orange Hall as a sectarian hate crime and appealed for information

The PSNI said that it was treating the incident at the Orange Hall as a sectarian hate crime and appealed for information

The PSNI said that it was treating the incident at the Orange Hall as a sectarian hate crime and appealed for information

Sinn Fein and the SDLP have strongly condemned the latest vandalism attack on an Orange hall.

Buildings belonging to the loyal institution are still being targeted at the rate of around one every month.

The latest in south Belfast was the ninth so far this year.

Sectarian graffiti was daubed on the exterior wall and shutters of the hall in Carryduff.

Vandals daubed 'IRA' and the anti-monarchist 'FTQ' slogan on the outside of the Mealough Road building.

Members of the lodge discovered the damage when they turned up for their monthly meeting on Wednesday night.

Sinn Fein said it had no doubt the attack was aimed at damaging community relationships.

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The party's Ryan Carlin said: "I condemn this act of vandalism on Carryduff Orange Hall which was clearly designed to damage relationships in the local community.

"Those responsible represent nobody and have nothing positive to offer.

"I would appeal to anyone with information about those responsible for this act of vandalism to report it to the PSNI."

And SDLP councillor Brian Hanvey said: "It is a pointless and senseless attack which serves absolutely no purpose in today's society.

"The hall was probably targeted, unfortunately, because it is in a rural area and it would therefore be an easy target. But of course that doesn't excuse any attack like this. I would hope this will have little or no effect."

An Orange Order spokesman said: "Orange halls are an easy target for such sinister activity and we would urge those moronic individuals responsible for such hate crime to desist."

The PSNI said that it was treating the incident as a sectarian hate crime and appealed for information.


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