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Police treat graffiti at Orange hall in Co Antrim as hate crime

Rasharkin Orange Hall was targeted in an attack on Saturday night. Picture from Facebook/Rasharkin Orange Hall
John Monaghan

AN ORANGE hall in Co Antrim has been daubed in republican graffiti in an attack which is being treated by police as a sectarian hate crime.

Rasharkin Orange Hall on Main Street, which has been targeted on frequent occasions in recent years, was attacked sometime between 9pm and 11pm on Saturday.

The words 'IRA' was among the slogans sprayed on the hall, which had recently undergone a facelift.

DUP North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey said: "This attack on the Orange Hall in Rasharkin is only a reflection of a deep seated hatred and bigotry by a very small unrepresentative group of individuals".

Police have appealed for information.

The Grand Orange Lodge condemned the attack which it said was "clearly designed to raise community tensions and to intimidate the Orange family in this area".

 

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