Orange Hall Attacked
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
This is how those behind a "blatant sectarian attack" on an Orange Hall in Newry have been described by the Order's District Master, writes Claire Treanor.
Speaking after the early-hour attempted arson on the Robert L Mitchell memorial hall on Downshire Road at the weekend, Jonathan Wharton said those who carried out the "wicked deed" should be ashamed.
“Not content with their wanton vandalism, they clearly desired to reduce this long established and historic building to nothing but rubble and ruin - fortunately, they did not succeed," he said.
“If the culprits cared to look beyond their narrow-minded sectarian actions, they might realise that this district hall is actually used by a wide selection of community groups. Indeed, it was those attending the weekly credit union who raised the alarm."
Paint was thrown on the outside walls of the Hall, roof tiles removed and newspapers set alight in an apparent attempt to burn the building down.
A police spokesperson confirmed that the attack is being investigated as attempted arson and criminal damage.
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