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Orange hall damaged by arsonists
Orange Hall
The Orange Hall was extensively damaged
An Orange Order hall in County Armagh has been extensively damaged in an arson attack, police have said.

The damage to Mullintur Orange Hall on the Maydown Road occurred between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The attackers are believed to have entered a loft area of the hall near Armagh city through the roof where they smashed a number of old and new drums.

The lodge's banner was taken outside where it was set alight. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Speers condemned those behind the attack.

"It was a blatant sectarian attack to destroy the Orange hall and the equipment in it," he said.

"It certainly will be viewed with anger, disgust and horror."

SDLP mayor of Armagh John Campbell said the attack was an act of "wanton vandalism".

"The shameful actions of the thugs responsible are not reflective of the views of the wider community in this area," he said.

"I hope this is an isolated incident and I would urge people to be respectful of other people's views, beliefs, culture and property."

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