DUP CONDEMN PAINT BOMB ATTACK ON NORTH BELFAST ORANGE HALL

Double paint bomb attack on Clifton Street Orange Hall on Tuesday night

Double paint bomb attack on Clifton Street Orange Hall on Tuesday night

POLICE are investigating a ‘hate crime’ attack on Clifton Street Orange Hall on Tuesday night.

The Orange Order tweeted that at least two paint bombs were thrown at the north Belfast building.

Officers say it is the “fifth separate attack on the property since last July”.

Local DUP councillor Guy Spence condemned the attack.

“This is the latest attack on Clifton Street hall and it can only be described as a sectarian hate crime. It was particularly disturbing that it took place in broad daylight.

“It is part of an ongoing pattern by republicans to stoke up tensions. It is vital there is no retaliation to such provocative attacks and that it must be condemned by all.

“Anyone with information should provide it to the police.

“I call on leaders within our city to make it clear that Orange culture is not just to be tolerated but celebrated as part of our cultural diversity.

“The apprehension of the culprits and the rejection of their hatred by all would be the best response to this latest incident,” added Councillor Spence.

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