Hate attack on Orange war memorial

Hate attack on Orange war memorial

The Orange Order has condemned an attack on a war memorial at an Orange Hall in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

Police are treating the incident, which took place at Killowen Orange Hall on Shuttle Hill at around 9pm on Friday, as a hate crime.The memorial stone was removed and a number of wreathes were damaged.A statement from the Orange Order said it is not the first time the hall has been targeted and added that the attack has caused "deep anger".It continued: "The lodge members quite rightly see this as an attack on their community at Killowen and on the memory of those who fought and died in service, not least those members of the lodge who served in the First World War."While many people talk about a shared future, this sort of attack reminds us that there are people in our society who have a long journey to make. They are consumed with hate."Attacking the memory of those who gave their life in conflict is one of the lowest actions that anyone can take. This systematic and premeditated attack needs to result in immediate police attention and action to apprehend those responsible and bring them to justice."Police have asked anyone with information to come forward.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.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)"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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