Police treating Orange Hall attack as hate crime

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Police treating Orange Hall attack as hate crime thumbnailDamage to the Hall

POLICE in Dungannon are appealing for witnesses after criminal damage was caused to an Orange Hall on the Agharan Road.


Damage was caused to guttering and external copper piping sometime between 5.30pm on Friday, 17th November and 8.30am on Saturday, 18th November and is being treated as a hate crime.


Police are appealing for anyone who might have information which may assist the investigation to contact Police at Dungannon station on 101 quoting 390 of 18/11/17. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Keith Buchanan MLA has condemned the attack: "This is an appalling attack on our Protestant culture and those who desire to live peaceably with their neighbours in the district," he said.


"This attack once again demonstrates that there is an element in our society that continues to attempt to drag Northern Ireland backwards.  These people did not succeed in the past and will not succeed in the future.  Hopefully those responsible for this attack can be identified and brought to justice, I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI."


In addition to the damage to the Agharan Orange Hall, damage was also caused at the Lisnagleer Community Group Hall over the weekend, as a window at the premises was smashed.


Keith Buchanan MLA discussed the likelihood of a connection between the two, "It's difficult to say if the attacks were linked the community hall is only a half mile down the road from the Orange Hall.


 "The Orange Hall attack was discovered on Saturday morning but the attack on the community hall wasn't discovered until Sunday. It is very coincidental that two attacks have taken place so close to each other and I am sure the Police will be investigating the possibility both of these attacks are linked."


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