Hate attack on Orange war memorial

Published Saturday, 22 March 2014
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The Orange Order has condemned an attack on a war memorial at an Orange Hall in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

Hate attack on Orange war memorial
Damage to the Orange war memorial. (© UTV)

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.

"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."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Joe in Co Down wrote (307 days ago):
Only idiots do this type of thing to a war memorial
Irish in Belfast wrote (309 days ago):
Orange order are hypocrites. But yea I agree no war memorial etc should ever be attacked by anyone at all they should be looked after and kept in good order that's just common decency no matter who they are are what there believes are NO ONE should ever attack graves are memorials.
Sad people in belfast wrote (309 days ago):
How low can these scum go,the brave men who gave their live so that scum like this could live in freedom would wonder what has happened to this society today.How anyone could think it's a good idea to vandalise a war memorial is beyond me.These people need to be locked up and be forced to learn about the Great War.Then they might realise what sad human beings they are.
jason kennedy in coleraine wrote (310 days ago):
sicking attack on killowen orange hall hope psni catch these thug because its about time.
michael in belfast wrote (310 days ago):
I don't agree with attacking any memorial, but the Orange order cannot preach to others about hate. Their intolerance of Irish Culture is based entirely on hate.
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