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Third Orange hall attacked within 24 hours

Orange Order Grand Master Edward Stevenson is seeking a meeting with PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton

An Orange Hall close to Lisburn has been attacked, the third Orange Hall to be attacked within 24 hours.

Police in are investigating the report of criminal damage to an Orange Hall in the Mullaghglass Road area on Thursday.

It is believed that sectarian graffiti was spray painted onto a wall of the building overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime and have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact detectives in Lisburn.

It comes after similar attacks on Dungonnell Orange hall near Antrim and Flowerhill Orange hall on the Hillhall Road overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

There have been around 20 attacks on Orange Order property this year.

Two Orange halls targeted in hate crimes within hours 

Earlier the Orange Order's Grand Master Edward Stevenson issued a call for police patrols to pay particular attention to Orange Halls across the province following the attacks.

"There needs to be a robust police response to these hate crimes, while appreciating there cannot be a 24 hour guard on every hall, there needs to be a concerted and co-ordinated policing strategy that will see individuals made amenable for these crimes," he said.

"We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Chief Constable to discuss what can be done to halt these increasing attacks on our property."

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