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Valued community hub could have been destroyed: Orange Order condemns attack on Tyrone hall

The Orange Order has condemned an attempted petrol bombing of a hall in Co Tyrone saying a valuable community hub could have been destroyed but for the "amateurish actions of those responsible".

A petrol bomb was thrown at the door of the Glenageeragh Orange hall, near Augher in the early hours of Saturday morning but failed to properly ignite.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said it displayed how some were "intolerant" toward unionist culture.

The Orange Order said the hall is widely used by the local community and had hosted a gospel concert hours before the incident.

A Grand Lodge spokesman said: "This is a deeply regrettable and disturbing incident which had the potential to destroy a valued community hub and symbolic cultural building. It is only as a consequence of the amateurish actions of those responsible that we are not dealing with a much more serious occurrence.”

The Glenageeragh incident is the second time this month an Orange hall has been targeted in Co Tyrone following a separate paint bomb attack at Aughintober, near Dungannon.

The spokesman added: “This is sadly yet another example of the intolerant sectarianism displayed by a minority who continue to manifest their hatred towards the Orange Institution, by attacking our properties on a regular basis.

“The mindless idiots responsible offer nothing to society – only heartache and division. Their senseless actions must be universally condemned.”

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton MLA said, given the earlier attack, "it is obvious that there are still people who have hate in their hearts towards the Unionist community".

Police are investigating.

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