ORANGE ORDER CONDEMNS SECTARIAN ATTACK ON HOMES OF LODGE MASTER AND BANDSMAN

The home of Coleraine district master George Duddy targeted in a sectarian attack

The home of Coleraine district master George Duddy targeted in a sectarian attack

POLICE are investigating after graffiti was been sprayed on the homes of a leading Orangeman and a bandsman.

Councillor George Duddy, Coleraine’s District Orange Order Master, said a union flag was also stolen from the rear of his home in Drumaquill Road, Coleraine.

The PSNI said they are treating attacks in Drumaquill Road, Coleraine, and Blakes Road, Macosquin, as hate crimes.

The Orange Order said Mr Duddy was the fourth senior Orangemen whose home had been attacked in the past three weeks.

The words ‘say goodbye to the rag’ were daubed across the Coleraine councillor’s garden wall.

In a statement, the Orange Order said the attack on Mr Duddy’s home was the “latest in a spate of attacks on senior members of the institution in the Coleraine area”.

“These deliberate attacks have occurred over the period of the last three weeks with all four members holding office at district level or above.

“Given such a coincidence, it seems we can draw no other conclusion that these individuals are being targeted solely because of their membership of the Orange institution,” a spokesman for the order said.

In a separate weekend attack in Newry, County Down, vandals attempted to set an Orange hall on fire on Downshire Road in the city.

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