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Petrol bomb attack on Orange hall

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There has been an attack on an Orange hall in north Antrim.

Police have said they are investigating a petrol bomb attack on the hall in Dunloy, near Ballymoney.

Minor scorch damage was caused to the building. Graffiti was also daubed on a wall. The attack was reported to police in the early hours of Tuesday.

The hall has been targeted several times recently, including a paint bomb and graffiti attack at the end of last week.

DUP assembly member Mervyn Storey said the graffiti was sinister.

"It says on the gable end of the hall 'no third warning stay out' then we have the caricature of a terrorist with a balaclava and a gun and a bullet coming out of the end of that weapon

"This is a clear threat to the lives of the band and the hall who use this facility," he said.

The attack was also condemned by SDLP assembly member Declan O'Loan, who said such incidents were a "clear setback for the whole community".

"But the number of people who actually want a return to constant division is tiny and the wider community, which clearly wants and votes for a shared future, must assert itself more strongly," he said.

There have also been a series of sectarian attacks in north Antrim over the last week, with Catholic churches, Orange halls and private homes being attacked.

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