Northern Ireland

Glenavy Orange hall in arson attack

There has been an arson attack on an Orange hall in Glenavy, County Antrim.

At about 03:40 BST on Monday, two tyres were put against the front door of Glenavy Protestant Hall and set alight.

The door of the hall was damaged and smoke damage was caused to the interior. It is the fourth time the building has been targeted this year.

An Orange Order spokesman said the attack "appears to be part of an ongoing campaign which is becoming more serious and sinister".

SDLP councillor Pat Catney said those responsible for the attack would not "drive a wedge" between the community in Glenavy.

"I visited the Orange hall today and the people there told me that someone from the village must have rung the police and fire service and that saved the hall," he said.

"Local people on both sides of the community have expressed their concern to me about what has happened.

"I don't know what the agenda is of the people who did this."

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