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Aughintober Orange Hall targeted in ‘hate crime

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

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Police are treating an incident in which a tin of paint was thrown at the Aughintober Orange Hall, Dungannon as a hate crime.
The hall was attacked at the weekend and Police are appealing for witnesses.
It is understood that sometime between 6:00pm on Saturday, 10 March and 11:00am on Sunday morning, a tin of paint was thrown at the front of the property causing paint damage to the steps and entrance of the building.
It isn't the first occasion the hall has been attacked after graffiti was daubed on the side of the building in December 2012.
Fermanagh & South Tyrone DUP assembly member Arlene Foster condemned it as "a disgraceful attack on a community facility" and "a crime motivated by sectarianism".
“Unfortunately it is one of many such attacks sustained against Orange Halls right across Northern Ireland.
"There should not only be condemnation of such attacks from right across the political spectrum but an acceptance that demonisation of the Orange Institution and Loyal Order parades feeds into the mind-set which justifies such attacks.
“When we hear demands for respect then this must also be extended to the Orange Institution, its properties and parades.
“I hope that anyone with information on the attack on Aughintober Orange Hall will assist the police in bringing those responsible to justice," she said.
Police are appealing for anyone with information that may assist with the investigation to contact Police in Dungannon on 101 quoting reference 526 of 11/03/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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