Page last updated at 16:27 GMT, Saturday, 22 August 2009 17:27 UK

Hall damaged after village parade

parade ends without major incident
There was a large police presence at the parade in Rasharkin

Minor scorch damage has been caused to an Orange Hall hours after a contentious loyalist band parade in Rasharkin, County Antrim.

The windows of DUP councillor John Finlay's car were also broken as he visited constituents in the village.

Nationalists claimed damage done to the walls of houses opposite the hall was caused by supporters of the bands who were milling around before the parade.

The parade itself ended without major incident.

More than 40 bands marched through the centre of Rasharkin where they were met by a crowd of several hundred protesters blowing whistles and horns.

Some golf balls were thrown as the last of the bands passed through the village.

A large police presence remained in the area throughout the parade which ended about 2150 BST.

Serious tensions

The Parades Commission had appealed for calm ahead of the parade.

Its chair said it was clear there were serious tensions in the area.

The commission had ruled that no paramilitary displays or emblems were to be included in the march.

It also limited the number on protest to 130, including marshals.

There have been sectarian tensions in the Rasharkin over recent months.

Sinn Fein argued that the march should not have been permitted in light of the current problems.

The DUP said the bands had a right to parade.



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