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Third attack on Co Tyrone Strawletterdallon Orange Hall in three months

An Orange Hall in west Tyrone has been attacked for a third time in less than three months.

Up to 14 windows were smashed at Strawletterdallon Orange hall, near Newtownstewart in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The latest incident follows two similar attacks on the Plumbridge Road hall  in February.

An Orange Order spokesman condemned the latest incident, accusing the perpetrators of waging a “hate campaign”.

He said: “Once again Strawletterdallon has been attacked by vandals who have nothing to offer society, only destruction and division. The stark similarity to previous attacks indicates that the minority rump responsible have reverted to type, by returning to engage in their shameful sectarian criminality.

“These intolerant bigots believe they are damaging the Orange Institution by destroying its property. However, they fail to realise their wicked deeds are actually an attack on community groups in and around the Newtownstewart area who avail of this hall as a social facility and meeting place.”

He added: “Their actions are futile and are not representative of the local community who will quite rightly be appalled at this latest attack.”

The spokesman appealed for any witnesses to the incident, or anyone with relevant information, to contact police immediately.

The Strawletterdallon incident is the fifth attack on Orange property so far this year.

Police said they are investigating an incident of criminal damage at the hall and are treating this incident as a hate crime.

Inspector Alison Ferguson is appealing for anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact officers in Strabane Police Station on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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