Apprentice Boys Hall attacked with paint

Published Wednesday, 14 November 2012
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A spokesperson for the Apprentice Boys of Derry has appealed for attacks on their memorial hall to stop after paintbombs were thrown at the weekend in Londonderry.

Apprentice Boys Hall attacked with paint
Police have asked anyone with information to contact them. (© Pacemaker)

Police received reports of criminal damage on Saturday in the Meenan Square and Magazine Street areas on Saturday.

It is believed that youths painted graffiti and threw a number of paintbombs in the Walls area and at the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall.

Two paintbombs thrown at the hall landed on the ground in front of the building.

Billy Moore, General Secretary of the Apprentice Boys Association said the attacks have been increasing recently and he is appealing to those in the area to report anyone they may suspect may be involved.

"These individuals are throwing paint over a fence from the Bogside," he stated.

"They are doing so blindly. They don't see who's walking up and down the street and someone could end up hurt or injured."

He said the attacks used to happen at night but he believed the attack on Saturday happened between 4-5pm. He also said another incident of vandalism occurred on the previous night.

Mr Moore added: "We're trying to portray Londonderry as a place for visitors, we're the City of Culture 2013 and it's not nice to see paint splattered across one of the nicest buildings in the city."

Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey condemned the attacks which have taken place on the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall over the last few days.

He said the attacks "do not send a welcoming message to anyone who might be considering a trip to Londonderry in the near future".

"These attacks must be condemned by all those who care about Londonderry and its public image. I would appeal to anyone who may have influence on those responsible for carrying out these attacks to use that influence to bring them to an end," he added.

"The Apprentice Boys have been part of Londonderry's story for over 300 years and I wish them well for the next 300."

PSNI have asked anyone with any information on these incidents to contact at Strand Road or anonymously through Crimestoppers.

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4 Comments
Big Jim in Fermanagh wrote (738 days ago):
Interesting that Ryan, Belfast equates strongly held, but certainly misplaced, religious beliefs, with wanton criminal damage and naked sectarianism. They are not the same! Also the Orange Order is not the Apprentice boys. So all and all a well made argument then- not!
Ryan in Belfast wrote (739 days ago):
@Phil in Ulster. Yeah phil and the Orange Order are the beacon of tolerance, arent they? One of their members, an MLA, steps into a Catholic Church to attend the funeral of a murdered catholic police officer and all hell breaks loose.
phil in ulster wrote (739 days ago):
more intolerance from the 'city of (republician) culture'
Ken in Belfast wrote (739 days ago):
Mindless Republican thugs giving Londonderry negative publicity again. Come on Sinn Fein get a grip of the situation its clearly coming from an area you claim to strongly represent. PSNI could definitely being doing more as well. UK City of Culture year will, I fear be interesting!!!! GSTQ.
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