Sectarian attack on Ballycastle Orange Hall

Republican and sectarian graffiti was painted on the hall and an Irish Tricolour flag was erected on the outside of the building Republican and sectarian graffiti was painted on the hall and an Irish Tricolour flag was erected on the outside of the building

A sectarian attack on an Orange Hall in Ballycastle, County Antrim, is being treated as a hate crime by police.

Republican and sectarian graffiti was painted on the hall at Coleraine Road in the town overnight.

An Irish Tricolour flag was also erected on the outside of the building. Sinn Féin have condemned the attack.

Police said the incident was reported to them during the early hours of Saturday morning. They have appealed for information.

The attack took place on the Eleventh Night, the eve of the biggest day in the Orange Order's marching calendar.

Those responsible were criticised by Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Writing on his Twitter account, the Sinn Féin MLA said: "I unreservedly condemn those responsible for the overnight attack on the Orange Hall at Coleraine Road, Ballycastle. Say no to hate."

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