Swann calls for more police patrols around Orange Halls
Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and Party Leader, has called for the PSNI to be given the necessary financial and human resources to increase patrols around Orange Halls in the constituency.
Assemblyman Swann, himself a Past Master in both the Orange and Black Orders, was speaking in the aftermath of police in Ballymena investigating the report of recent criminal damage to an Orange Hall on Lislaban Road in Cloughmills.
A police spokesman said "It is believed that two paint bombs were thrown at the hall sometime between 11:30 pm on Saturday, 22 July and 11:30 am of Sunday, 23 July.
"Police have appealed for witnesses and are treating the incident as a hate crime. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at Ballymena on 101 quoting reference 651 23/07/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
Assemblyman Swann added: "Given the very peaceful and successful Twelfth which the community enjoyed, I totally condemn this attack on another of our Orange Halls, many of which are used by all sections of the community.
"It is absolutely deplorable that vandals should spoil what was a very peaceful Twelfth by indulging in this scandalous anti-social behaviour which is only designed to heighten tensions.
"I appeal to everyone in the community not to rise to the bait of these vandals and anyone with information should immediately give it to the police so that these vandals can be brought before the courts.
"In the meantime, the police need to be given additional resources so that they can increase patrols around Orange Hall to stamp out this mindless vandalism," said Assemblyman Swann.