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Police treating paint attack on Orange Hall as 'hate crime'

Paint has been thrown at the Orange Hall in Clifton Street. Credit: UTV

An attack on a north Belfast Orange Hall over the weekend is being treated as a sectarian hate crime by the PSNI.

White paint was thrown over a fence and a wall at the front of the building on Clifton Street at around 1.30pm on Sunday.

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DUP MLA William Humphrey described the attack as "utterly disgraceful".

“This follows a pattern in previous years of the hall being attacked by republicans around the times when parades depart from the hall," he said.

"Those responsible demonstrate only their own moral depravity and sectarianism."

Paint was thrown at the Orange Hall on Sunday. Credit: DUP

"The Orange Institution organised another wonderful Twelfth of July demonstration this year, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people across the province, and will not be deterred by hate crimes conducted against our halls," he continued.

"This attack must be condemned by all right-thinking people and I urge anyone who can assist the police investigation to contact the PSNI."

Inspector Natalie McNally said: "We are appealing for anyone who might have information about this, which is being treated as a sectarian hate crime, to contact us on 101 quoting 1665 of 14/07/19."

Alternatively information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.