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Police treat Orange Hall attack as `hate crime'

Police are treating an attack on an Orange Hall in Crumlin as a hate incident
Marie Louise McConville

POLICE are treating an attack on an Orange Hall in Co Antrim as a hate crime.

At around 4.30am yesterday, police received a report that a bin was on fire outside the hall on Main Street in Crumlin.

Graffiti had also been daubed on a wall and door of the hall.

Sinn Féin assembly member Declan Kearney condemned the "reprehensible attack".

"There is no place for sectarianism in today's society," he said.

"Sinn Féin robustly defends the right for all sections of our community to peacefully and respectfully celebrate their culture. We must stand firm as one community against sectarian bigotry, wherever, and whenever it arises.

"However, none of us should be equivocal or complacent: those responsible for sectarian and hate crime, regardless of its source, or against whom it is aimed, must be condemned and put before the courts."

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