Charge over Orange war memorial attack

Published Sunday, 23 March 2014
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A man has been charged with causing criminal damage after a war memorial was attacked at an Orange Hall in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

Charge over Orange war memorial attack
Damage to the Orange war memorial. (© UTV)

The 18-year-old is due in court on Monday over the incident which happened this weekend.

A memorial stone was broken and a number of wreaths were damaged at Killowen Orange Hall on Shuttle Hill in what police have been treating as a hate crime.

Another man aged 16 and two women aged 20 and 19 were arrested and later released.

A statement from a PSNI spokeswoman said: "Police are investigating after a memorial stone was damaged at an Orange Hall in Coleraine last night. It is understood the stone was smashed at the building at Shuttle Hill and a number of wreaths damaged at around 9pm.

"Officers are treating this incident as a hate crime and appealing for information. They can be contacted at Coleraine police station on 0845 600 8000."

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Comments Comments
Ryan in An Dun wrote (214 days ago):
Shameful act. I don't know what people think this will achieve. This will only lead to retaliation attacks. Stupidity of the highest order. The only thing that acts like this accomplish is to tarnish the name that Derry has worked hard for.
realistic in planet earth wrote (214 days ago):
scum. shouldn't have got bail. should be named. i've no time for the oo, but this attack was wrong, same as any attack on a grave, a place of worship.
David in BELFAST wrote (216 days ago):
Why are scum like this allowed to walk freely on our streets. Is nothing sacred any more. lock him up and throw away the key.
hold politicians to account in ulster wrote (216 days ago):
The sad thing is none of these people were even born during the worst of the "troubles".Maybe people should be more critical in their thinking when it comes to the sf policy of propagating to people in the community the stereotyping and demonisation of others.It clearly has a detrimental effect and as a direct result of sf's constant barrage of stereotyping we have easily influenced young people and some adults who should really know better being arrested for these kind of acts and getting criminal records.
Michael in Shankill Road UK wrote (217 days ago):
Hope he gets charged as a hate crime and gets thrown into jail! Scum
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