DUP North Antrim MLA and Policing Board Member Mervyn Storey has condemned an act of vandalism at an Orange Hall in Dunloy.
During the incident those responsible defaced a banner which placed on record the thanks of L.O.L 496 to local NHS staff and essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Union flag removed from the display.
Responding, Mr Storey said:
‘‘This wanton damage on private lodge property is morally reprehensible and should be condemned across the board.
“Even In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, when the vast majority of people in the local community are pulling together to protect the NHS and save lives, it seems that Dunloy Orange Hall continues still to be a target even when it is displaying support for our NHS from those with a narrow-mind and sinister agenda.
“It is wrong that anyone publicly showing their appreciation for the efforts of our dedicated NHS and care workers should be targeted in this way.
“Sadly this is just one in a long line of sectarian attacks against this Hall in recent years. This sustained campaign of intimidation cannot be allowed to continue. It requires a strong response from local political representatives and the PSNI.’’