Police are treating an attack on an Orange Hall in the Glenavy area as a hate crime.
Sometime overnight between Tuesday May 13 and Wednesday May 14, it was reported that slogans were painted over Fourscore Orange Hall, located at the Garlandstown Road.
“IRA” and “Orange scum” was daubed on the walls of the hall which has been subject to an ongoing campaign of attack.
Lisburn Councillor James Tinsley who is a member of Fourscore True Blues LOL 340 condemned those behind the attack. He said; “This is the latest in an ongoing series of attacks on this hall. It is very clear that the attacks are motivated by nothing other than hatred and bigotry. Attempts have been made in the past to burn the hall and there has been regular vandalism. However this latest attack represents the most serious incident of recent months.”
He continued: “The hall is used by a wide spectrum of people across the community and this attack represents an attack on all of the people in this area.”
South Antrim MP William McCrea who represents the area said: “This is a despicable attack on not just the Orange Institution, but on the people of this area. There can be no justification for any attack on an Orange Hall, church or any other building and it is quite clear that Fourscore Orange Hall has been the subject of a hate crime campaign.”
He continued: “It is vital that everyone in the community takes a strong stand against those behind these attacks. However, condemnation of such attacks is not enough, if they are coming from sources responsible for comments demonising the Orange Institution.”
SDLP Lisburn Councillor Pat Catney also condemned the attack on the hall saying it was a disgrace.
Sinn Féin council election candidate Mary Kate Quinn said: “This is the latest in a series of attacks on the Fourscore Orange hall over the past two years.
“Those behind it do not represent this community. Unfortunately over the past week there have also been attacks on the town’s GAA club and the local pub.
“There are excellent community relations in the town and the surrounding area and bigots like this will not be allowed to damage this.”
Police are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact them in Lisburn on 0845 600 8000.
If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.