Northern Ireland

Graffiti attack on Orange hall in north Belfast

Sectarian graffiti has been painted on an Orange hall in north Belfast early on Tuesday, police have said.

Police said two youths had been seen on the Whitewell Road with a tin of paint at about 04:15 BST.

A bus stop near the Serpentine Road junction was also vandalised.

In Londonderry, three bottles of paint were thrown at the Apprentice Boys' Memorial Hall in Society Street at about 21:00 BST on Monday.

Minor damage was caused to the outside of the hall.

Sinn Fein and DUP councillors condemned those responsible.

The Governor of the Apprentice Boys, Jim Brownlee, said he believed the motive was sectarian.

"There's no other reason anyone would want to attack the Memorial Hall," he said.

"This is about the third or fourth time this year this has been attacked.

"It's just the mentality of certain individuals who've got bigotry at the top of their menu."