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Attack on Orange hall treated as ‘hate crime’

Thursday, 27 April 2017

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AN incident where vandals sprayed 'IRA' on an Orange Hall in Claudy on Friday (April 21) is being treated as a hate crime by the PSNI.
The graffiti sprayed on the side of the building has been condemned by the Grand Lodge and by local DUP politicians as the police appeal for information.
East Londonderry DUP Assembly member George Robinson MBE has spoken of his disgust at the vandalism at Claudy Orange Hall.
Mr Robinson said: "After all that Claudy village has endured as a result of Provo terrorism, last weekend's attack on its Orange Hall makes it all the more sickening.
“It goes to prove that there is still a very small minority who have such a hatred for the Protestant, Unionist and British culture that they begrudge the celebration of their culture.
“The agenda of equality for them only exists on a one sided basis for them.
“The local community has had a friendly dynamic and this attack has been designed to bring suspicion and division.
“I sincerely hope that the perpetrators fail completely in their intentions.
“The small minded and cowardly attack in Claudy must not damage the community spirit as those who are responsible are scared of a united community."
East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell also hit out at those behind the attack. Mr Campbell said: "The village of Claudy is known for good relationships between communities.

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